Long-Term Research Program (NUREG/BR-0506)

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Date Published: December 2012

Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001


The Long-Term Research Program (LTRP) supports anticipated future (beyond 5 years) NRC regulatory needs1 by providing fundamental insights and information to address potential technical issues or identified gaps in the NRC’s regulations or infrastructure. The program is managed by the Accident Analysis Branch in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES). Staff in the NRC’s program offices (e.g., reactor or materials oversight) offer proposals for long-term research.

LTRP projects generally last 1 to 2 years and are feasibility or scoping studies that assess whether future research on the topic should be pursued as part of the NRC’s normal planning and budgeting process.

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