The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Idaho State University a $67,000 grant to conduct research under the agency's program for university support in nuclear engineering.

The DOE's Idaho Operations Office in Idaho Falls announced that the Pocatello school was among only 17 universities nationwide selected to participate in research aimed at advancing the state of the art in nuclear and applied science.Scientific and technical experts from around the country reviewed 163 applications before recommending the 17 recipients of amounts ranging from $37,000 to $244,000, the agency said.

ISU's research project involves the "Siphon Breaker Design," a safety device to ensure adequate liquid levels in nuclear reactor vessels, according to a DOE news release.