UT, ORNL to participate in NNSA-funded research

The National Nuclear Security Administration this week announced a grant award of $25 million to a consortium led by the University of California at Berkeley to pursue research and development in nuclear science and security.

Other members of the consortium includes the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Michigan State University; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Irvine; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; George Washington University; and Texas A&M University.

The universities will partner with five national labs: Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories.

The award will be $5 million a year for five years.

In a prepared statement, NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington said, “NNSA pursues its mission in nuclear security through the application of world-class capabilities, and meets the evolving challenges of tomorrow through our commitment to innovation and research in the fundamental sciences needed to adapt to this dynamic yet enduring nonproliferation and nuclear security mission. I am confident that more basic research efforts in academia will complement the applied efforts of the national laboratories and industry in supporting the critically important national security goals of our country.”

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