Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32This year, INL played a major role in the initiation of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN). The INL-led initiative has begun to provide the nuclear community with access to the technical, regulatory and financial support necessary to move new or advanced nuclear reactor designs toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet. As part of the GAIN initiative, INL helped design and implement a $2 million nuclear energy voucher pilot program that assists advanced reactor developers gain access to nuclear research capabilities available at DOE national laboratories and Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) partners. The lab is providing support to an industry team led by Southern Company Services that will provide input to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on ways to address key policy and licensing technical issues. These issues, and related NRC licensing process challenges, are currently restraining advanced reactor development and deployment. These efforts will also directly advance GAIN initiatives and Advanced Reactor Technology Program efforts to assure that planned national laboratory research and development activities continue to focus on the technical topics most critical for retirement of regulatory risk in support of deployment. In fiscal year 2016, INL took significant steps to foster deployment of the first U.S. small modular reactor (SMR), with other developers seeking siting support. The lab is playing a key role in the development of small modular reactor technologies that can provide an important role in a low-carbon energy future. SMRs have the potential to help resolve many of the economic challenges faced by nuclear energy, which remains the nation’s largest source of emission-free baseload energy. INL is supporting NuScale in its effort to site the nation’s first 12-modular-unit power plant on the DOE site in Idaho as part of the Carbon-Free Power Project led by a Utah-based utility consortium. Under current plans, INL would work with NuScale to use two of the plant’s 12 units as a test bed for development of hybrid energy systems. Advanced computer science, visualization, and data Applied materials science and engineering Biological and biopress engineering Chemical and molecular science Chemical engineering Condensed matter physics and materials science Cyber and information sciences Decision sciences Environmental subsurface science and analysis Large-scale user facilities and advanced instrumentation Mechanical design and engineering Nuclear and radiochemistry Nuclear engineering Power systems and electrical engineering Systems engineering and integration All national laboratories have defined areas of expertise and areas in which they excel. INL has 13 of these core capabilities, and two other emerging capabilities. Throughout this publication, these icons highlight INL core capabilities that underlie the projects described. 3