For the U.S. Office of Fusion Energy Sciences the legislation provides a total of $713 million, compared to the FY21 level of $675 million and to the President's request of $675 million. Within the $713 million, the research program is provided $460 million, compared to the FY21 level of $415 million and the President's request of $449 million, U.S. contributions to the ITER project is provided $242 million, the same as the FY 2021 level and the President's request for $221 million. The Petawatt project at SLAC is provided 11 million, compared to 15 million in FY 2021 and the President's request for $15 million.
Language provided with the Bill is as follows:
The Department is directed to follow and embrace the recommendations of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee's "Powering the Future: Fusion and Plasmas" report; the agreement reiterates House direction on the related briefing.
The agreement provides not less than $20,000,000 for the High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasmas program to advance cutting-edge research in extreme states of matter: expand the capabilities of the LaserNetUS facilities; and provide initial investments in new intense, ultrafast laser technologies needed to retain U.S. leadership in these fields.
The agreement provides not less than $59,000,000 for NSTX- U Operations, not less than $33,000,000 for NSTX- U Research, and not less than $25,000,000 for the Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment.
The agreement reiterates House direction on the Milestone-Based Development Program and the stellarator facility.
The agreement provides $242,000,000 for the U.S. contribution to the ITER project, of which not less than $60,000,000 is for in-cash contributions. The agreement reiterates House direction on an updated baseline for Subproject I and a baseline for Subproject 2.
Funds are also provided in the Bill for the U.S Inertial Confinement Fusion program and High Energy Density Science within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). A further FPN will be forthcoming on the NNSA fusion effort.