NNIS Program Technical Focus

The objective of the NNIS Graduate Fellowship is to identify and educate highly trained scientists and engineers to take on the challenges and opportunities of international nuclear safeguards. NNIS fellows must demonstrate the safeguards-impact of their funded research, and an intent to pursue a career that will positively contribute to the international safeguards regime. To that end, applications shall describe:

  • The potential safeguards impact of their research. For example, will research results enhance the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) technical capabilities, or improve safeguards approaches? Why does this matter? The best applications will link research proposals to priorities identified in the IAEA Long-Term Safeguards R&D plan, or other indications of IAEA and/or United States Government (USG) safeguards interest/concern.
  • The specific existing or future technical safeguards challenge that the research addresses. For example, if research intends to improve containment/surveillance (C/S) capabilities, how specifically will that be achieved? By designing a more sensitive monitor? Improving telemetry? Developing a new material for use in tamper-evident seals?
  • The dearth of viable fixes to the technical challenges they propose to address.