Nuclear Science User Facilities 34 RTE/BEAMLINE DEMAND INCREASES Jeff Benson Program Administrator RTE Overview The Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) RapidTurnaround Experiment (RTE) and Beamline awards provide an avenue to examine irradiation effects on nuclear fuels and materials. Once started, experiments typically are completed in two weeks or less.These awards allow researchers to utilize an NSUF facility to examine fuels or materials of interest for their research area. RTE proposals typically request post irradiation examination requiring use of instruments (focused ion beam [FIB], transmission electron microscope [TEM], scanning electron microscope [SEM], etc.), synchrotron irradiation, ion beam irradiation, or high performance computing. Proposals are reviewed and awarded three times per year. Proposals are reviewed, and scored for technical merit, relevancy, feasibility, and then prioritized by total score. 2016 RTE Program Growth The NSUF RTE program has grown significantly since its inception in 2010 and continued to grow in 6 3 13 10 18 10 27 19 25 30 39 47 75 48 RTE Proposals RTE Awards 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016