Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, has simplified the way industry and universities use its facilities, falling in line with new methods set by the Department of Energy. Sandia, like many of DOE's laboratories, has unique user facilities available to universities and industry to conduct research and work with Sandia researchers.

Bruce McWatters prepares Sandia's Cockroft Walton accelerator for its move to the Ion Beam Laboratory, which will be available to industry as an official user facility. Although the device seen here dates from the 1950s, it still finds use in certain particle accelerator applications and experiments.


Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, has simplified the way industry and universities use its facilities, falling in line with new methods set by the Department of Energy. The DOE has changed its user-agreement forms -- one designed for proprietary research and the other for nonproprietary research -- and is encouraging all of its laboratories across the country to begin using them.

Sandia, like many of DOE's laboratories, has unique user facilities available to universities and industry to conduct research and work with Sandia researchers.

"In the past, the agreements were individualized across the DOE laboratories," says Mary Monson, who heads Sandia's user facility program. "This new method will standardize forms so that all agreements are alike, presenting a common DOE face to industry."

The new agreements are intended to require minimal, if any, further negotiation and to be quickly executable.

Monson says the proprietary form allows industry to use and pay full-cost recovery for the research and work a company undertakes at a Sandia facility. For nonproprietary agreements, the DOE funds the Sandia researchers, and the users fund their own researchers. The results are shared openly.

The new agreements not only simplify the process for gaining access to DOE facilities, but they promote the transfer of cutting-edge technologies from the laboratories, says Raymond Orbach, the DOE's under secretary for science.

"This new approach will allow both university and industrial researchers greater access to our specialized, world-class facilities across the laboratory system and to work more closely with our scientists on real-world problems and potential solutions."

For more information about Sandia user facilities or for help in the selection of a facility, contact Monson at mamonso@sandia.gov or (505) 844-3289.

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