2016 | ANNUAL REPORT 35 “Driving the increase in RTE/ Beamline Awards is strong interest in the field of research and the addition of a new partner facility,the IVEM- Tandem Facility,in FY 2016.” fiscal year (FY) 2016.The chart illustrates the growth of the proposals and awards by year. In FY 2016, the NSUF received 75 proposals from 24 different institu- tions.There were 28 more proposals received than from the prior year. From the 75 proposals, the NSUF selected 39 proposals for award to 18 different institutions.The number of RTE awards in 2016 represents a 30 percent increase from 2015. The RTE program also saw significant growth in the use of partner facilities. The 2016 RTE awards requested access to eight of the thirteen NSUF partner facilities to perform experiments.The number of NSUF partners requested for RTE awards in 2016 represents a 38 percent increase from 2015. Summary In 2016, the NSUF has seen a significant increase in the number of proposals and demand for access to partner facilities.As a result of the demand – and with improved budgets – the NSUF RTE program has been successful in increasing the number of awards for researchers (at no cost to the researcher) to world-class capa- bilities to facilitate the advancement of nuclear science and technology. Driving the increase in RTE/Beamline Awards is strong interest in the field of research and the addition of a new partner facility, the IVEM-Tandem Facility, in FY 2016. Please visit the NSUF website at https:// nsuf.inl.gov for up-to-date information on RTE and Beamline awards.