Grantee Profile

University of Texas at AustinLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Grants to University of Texas at AustinLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

  • $235,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Nuclear Challenges

    AUSTIN, TEXAS — The LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) opened in 1970 as a school of public affairs in honor of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The school’s Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project engages in research, debate, and public education to ensure that civilian applications of nuclear technology do not foster the spread of nuclear weapons to states or terrorist groups. This award renews support for a research and public education project to encourage informed choices about converting naval reactor fuel from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU). In addition, the project includes case studies on past attempts to reprocess plutonium for fuel in nuclear power reactors. This work stream aims to inform the current debate on plutonium reprocessing in China, Japan, and South Korea, and train a new generation of experts on this topic in the United States.

  • $95,000

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Nuclear Challenges

    AUSTIN, TEXAS — The LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin opened in 1970 as a school of public affairs in honor of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The school’s Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project engages in research, debate, and public education to ensure that civilian applications of nuclear technology do not foster the spread of nuclear weapons to states or terrorist groups. The award provides education to enable the U.S. government and the U.S. public to make informed choices about the importance to national and international security of converting naval reactors from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. Activities include research on the technical, economic, and political prospects of a U.S. decision to initiate development of an LEU advanced fuel system for naval propulsion reactors, publications, and meetings.

  • $50,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    International Peace & Security

    AUSTIN, TEXAS — The LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin opened in 1970 in honor of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The school’s Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project engages in research, debate, and public education to ensure that civilian applications of nuclear technology do not foster the spread of nuclear weapons to states or terrorist groups. This grant would help establish the Paul Leventhal Fellowship Program, which aims to prepare students for leadership positions to reduce risks of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. Funds would be used to help establish an endowment, which would provide fellowship opportunities for promising nuclear policy students.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded University of Texas at AustinLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs $380,000 between 1978 and 2017.