Established in 2005, the National University Consortium engages in collaborative research to strengthen the portfolios of INL and the universities with the goal of furthering the nation's strategic nuclear energy objectives, clean energy initiatives, and critical infrastructure security goals.
Working closely with INL project personnel, the universities bring their expertise, in collaboration with the other NUC universities on several research projects.
Each project is led by an INL project lead or researcher that will collaborate with a researcher from one or more of the partner universities. This teaming will foster project-related collaboration across the five NUC universities to bring to bear the collective experience, capabilities, and wisdom of these institutions to solve problems and improve performance in the identified projects.
Create a laboratory component that stimulates technology discovery and time scales beyond the constraints of current DOE missions, while establishing strong partnerships with the university research community.
Grow technology leadership reputation while building long-term capabilities, tools and techniques to advance nuclear technology.
Establish links with NUC universities that will stimulate innovation and technical excellence, and a source of high-quality future employees.