U.C. Santa Barbara is going to get $2.2 million dollars in federal funding for developing cutting edge nuclear energy technologies, as part of more than five million dollars being awarded to U.C. schools statewide.
The U.S. Department of Energy grants include a million dollars for UCSB for a research program aimed at developing ways of recycling used nuclear fuels, while minimizing the potential for the fuels to pose a terrorism risk. UCSB is also getting $1.2 million dollars for researchers towards developing the next generation of nuclear reactors, with the goal towards improving cost, safety, and security.