ISTC Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Seminar and Microgrant Competition in Support of Foundational Capacity-Building for FIRST in Armenia
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Leveraging the ISTC’s global networks, funding base, and experience in providing nuclear security capacity-building, the seminar will focus on nuclear security, safety, safeguards, proliferation resistance, and regulatory considerations associated with small modular reactors (SMRs) and other advanced nuclear reactor designs approaching market deployment. The U.S will provide seminar trainers funded via other mechanisms under the FIRST program. The seminar curriculum and program will strengthen awareness and frame these issues and the associated problem set with stakeholders, including appropriate representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and subject-matter experts from SAC participating countries.
Thereafter, the ISTC will administer a microgrant competition for no fewer than three CTR funded capacity-building grants to be implemented by Armenian SMEs who will engage the Armenian nuclear sector more broadly on these topics via workshops and the collaborative
The ISTC Branch Office will work to identify relevant, locally based Armenian seminar participants and will arrange event logistics including venue, catering, interpretation/translation, materials, and IT support. The ISTC will also assist ISN/CTR and SAC members in developing the seminar agenda, will administer the subsequent microgrant competition, and will oversee microgrant implementation.