Fusion Public-Private Partnership Awards Announced

July 1, 2021

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $2.1 million across 9 collaborative projects between DOE national laboratories and selected private companies aimed at overcoming focused challenges related to fusion energy development. The awards are part of the Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program which was established in 2019 by DOE's Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) and seeks to assist fusion energy development through public-private research partnerships.

"After two successful years of INFUSE, it is clear that the program offers significant benefit to the fusion community," said James Van Dam, DOE Associate Director for Fusion Energy Sciences. "This new round of funding shows continued interest in the program as new companies continue to apply, looking to leverage the unique expertise and capabilities available at the DOE national laboratory system."

The funding will provide 7 selected companies with access to the world class expertise and facilities of DOE's national laboratories, which will equip their researchers to address critical scientific and technological challenges of fusion energy systems. The INFUSE program selected projects for one- or two-year awards between $50,000 and $500,000 each, with a 20% cost share for the private sector partners. The awards are subject to a successful negotiation of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between the companies and the partnering DOE National Laboratories.

The 9 selected projects will take advantage of INFUSE's primary areas of focus: enabling fusion technologies; materials; diagnostics; modeling and simulation; and experimental capabilities.

Awardees selected:

Full abstracts for each project are available on the INFUSE website.