Taheri awarded $600,000 NRC Faculty Development Grant

Dr. Taheri has been awarded a $448,811 Faculty Development Grant by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), supplemented by a $150,000 grant by Drexel University. This grant will fund the “Design and Characterization of Radiation-Tolerant Alloys using Multi-scale Grain Boundary Engineering and Advanced Microscopy Methods” and will be administered through 2013.

From the NRC website, “Funding under this opportunity includes support for education in nuclear science, engineering, and related trades to develop a workforce capable of the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. The Faculty Development Grants Program recognizes the need to attract and retain highly-qualified junior faculty in academic teaching careers. Funding under this announcement is intended to support new faculty in the nuclear-related fields of Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics, and Radiochemistry.

The grants specifically target probationary, tenure-track faculty in these academic areas during the first 6 years of their career. Grants could include support for developing proposals for research and small amounts for initiating or continuing research projects in their areas of expertise. Other areas might include course development, equipment stipends, participation in professional society meetings, preparation of papers, travel, and associated expenses. Awards may be increased to the extent that a portion of the award is matched by the institution. The program intends to provide support to enable new faculty to enhance their careers as professors and researchers in the University department where employed.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/grants.html

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