42 U.S. Code § 16272 - Nuclear energy research programs
The Secretary shall carry out a Nuclear Energy Research Initiative for research and development related to nuclear energy.
The Secretary shall carry out a Nuclear Energy Systems Support Program to support research and development activities addressing reliability, availability, productivity, component aging, safety, and security of existing nuclear power plants.
The Secretary shall carry out a Nuclear Power 2010 Program, consistent with recommendations of the Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee of the Department in the report entitled “A Roadmap to Deploy New Nuclear Power Plants in the United States by 2010” and dated October 2001.
The Secretary shall carry out a Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Initiative to develop an overall technology plan for and to support research and development necessary to make an informed technical decision about the most promising candidates for eventual commercial application.
The Secretary shall carry out research to examine designs for high-temperature reactors capable of producing large-scale quantities of hydrogen.