About Us

The NSUF: Pairing the best minds with the needed capability

The Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) offers unparalleled research opportunities for nuclear energy researchers. Users are provided access (at no cost to the researcher) to world-class nuclear research facilities, technical expertise from experienced scientists and engineers, and assistance with experiment design, assembly, safety analysis and examination.

How to gain access to NSUF facilities

Access is awarded through two competitive peer-reviewed processes, Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) and the Rapid Turnaround Experiment (RTE). NSUF staff is available to help any researcher who desires to submit a proposal. Submitted proposals should be consistent with the DOE-NE mission and its programmatic interests. These include light water reactor sustainability, fuel cycle research and development, advanced modeling and simulation, and advanced reactor technology programsAll NSUF research must be non-proprietary and results are expected to be published. 

For more information, contact nsuf@inl.gov.


Facilities

NSUF has 49 user facilities at 21 partner institutions around the country. These world-class facilities are available to researchers at no-cost with capabilities ranging from neutron, gamma and ion irradiation to post-irradiation examination.

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Nuclear Materials and Fuels Library (NFML)

NSUF manages the Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library (NFML), a collection of specialized information and material specimens from past and ongoing irradiation test campaigns, real-world components retrieved from decommissioned power reactors, and donations from other sources. Everything in NFML is available to the nuclear research community, either through a peer-reviewed proposal process or through direct programmatic request. 

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Projects

NSUF research supports Department of Energy-Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) missions. Most of the research looks at either understanding the mechanisms of radiation on materials and fuels to address the challenges of the aging current fleet of reactors or looks at materials and fuels for the next generation. 

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 Users Organization

As part of NSUF, the program also has a users organization. Membership in the organization is open to all users and potential users of the various NSUF facilities and scientists and engineers engaged in the operation and development of these facilities.   

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Contact Us

Please contact the NSUF by email at nsuf@inl.gov or find the NSUF employee you would like to contact. 

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NSUF Publications

Annual Reports