Current Research & Research Opportunities
Please check back on this page for descriptions of some of the Isotope R&D
currently being sponsored by Federal Agencies, especially the
Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA)
subprogram of the
Nuclear Physics in the
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Science.
There is one active Funding Opportunity Announcement; for past funding announcements, please see our page on Archived Funding Opportunities.
August 2013: Phase I SBIR and STTR proposals for FY 2014 Released
DOE has released the call for Phase I SBIR and STTR proposals for FY 2014. There are specific instructions relative to the areas of interest to the DOE Isotope Program, specifically (a) Novel or improved production techniques for radioisotopes or stable isotopes, and (b) Improved radiochemical separation methods for preparing high-purity radioisotopes. For (a), new technologies are sought especially for to ensure a cost-effective and stable supply and distribution high priority isotopes such as the alpha emitters actinium-225 (225Ac), actinium-227/thorium-227/radium-223, and astatine-211 (211At) that continue to gain importance in targeted alpha therapy applications. Other radioisotopes, considered theranostic radioisotopes, such as high specific activity rhenium-186 (186Re) and tin-117m (117mSn), and same element radioisotope pairs with emissions useful for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications (e.g. 67Cu and 64Cu) are also of interest. For (b), new technologies are also sought to produce large quantities of enriched isotopes – both for enrichment of stable isotopes for production targets as well as isolation of radioactive or stable product isotopes as part of a production scheme. Isotopes of interest include kg to ton quantities of germanium-76 (76Ge), selenium-82 (82Se), tellurium-130 (130Te) and xenon- 136 (136Xe), new production methods for grams quantities of transuranium elements such as californium-249 (249Cf), californium-251 (251Cf) and berkelium-249 (249Bk), and mg quantities of einsteinium-254 (254Es), and fermium-257 (257Fm).
More information can be found in this 180-page Topic document and on the website http://science.energy.gov/sbir/.
For past funding announcements, please see our page on
Archived Funding Opportunities
and for more information on funding opportunities and existing R&D grants, please contact
Dr. Dennis Phillips
Program Manager for Research Isotopes
Facilities and Project Management Division
Office of Nuclear Physics
U.S. Department of Energy
SC-26.2, Germantown Building
1000 Independence Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290