National University Consortium

INL established the National University Consortium (NUC) in 2005 with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University and University of New Mexico.

NUC engages in collaborative research that strengthens the portfolios of INL and the universities and furthers the nation’s strategic nuclear energy objectives.


– 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.