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Press Release 07-012

National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security Partner to Address Nuclear Threats

Agencies issue joint solicitation for development of new domestic nuclear threat detection technologies

February 20, 2007

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) have issued a joint solicitation to encourage long-term, transformational advances in nuclear detection technology.

The agencies envision the research leading to next-generation detection systems for identifying nuclear weapons, nuclear material, radiation dispersal devices and related threats.

"Five NSF directorates and two offices will be participating in the initiative," said NSF program director Bruce Hamilton. "Expertise will span multiple academic disciplines, necessary for forming a comprehensive platform to guide fundamental research on domestic nuclear detection."

DNDO intends to provide $58 million over 5 years to fund the effort with proposals going to NSF for review through the agency's merit-based process. Peer-review panels will consist of experts recruited jointly by NSF and DNDO.


Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730,
Andrea Hoshmand, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, DHS, (202) 254-7311,

Program Contacts
Bruce K. Hamilton, NSF, (703) 292-8320,

Related Websites
The solicitation is available at::
Additional information is available in the DNDO press release::

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