2016 | ANNUAL REPORT 43 priorities for future federal decisions. Participants from ion beam users and DOE-NE R&D programs first presented information on capabilities and needs to begin the consensus building process.The ion beam facility representatives then shared their respective presentations. Following this informative discussion, workshop participants buckled down and assessed each ion beam facility against the 10 criteria. Workshop participants recognized early on that ion beam facilities have individual focus areas and objectives and thus may have significantly different designs. Since form follows function, the differing objectives were delineated by participants. Ion Beam Facility Categories Workshop participants reviewed and categorized 15 ion beam facilities. Proposed Ion Beam Capabilities Four facilities were proposed to be built in the future to provide expanded ion beam capabilities, including combining ion beam irradiation capability with in-situ characterization with an X-ray source: • Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) – Extreme Materials Beam Line (XMAT) • Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) – Ion X-Ray Beam (IXB) • BNL – Ion Irradiation Facilities and Capabilities at the BNL Accelerator Complex – BLIP BLAIRR • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – MIT Nuclear Materials Laboratory Multipurpose Ion Beam Capabilities Workshop participants recognized that three facilities had primary focuses outside of materials irradiations supporting DOE-NE’s key mission areas: • The Center for Materials under Extreme Environment Facility at Purdue University focuses on surface science of materials and utilizes much lower energy ions than the others. • The Edwards Accelerator Laboratory atThe Ohio University is primarily engaged in nuclear data measurement and not in the irradiation effects on materials. • The Idaho Accelerator Laboratory at Idaho State University is a multipurpose facility that supports a wide variety of research endeavors. These three facilities should not be judged in the same manner as the others. DOE-NE R&D Ion Beam Capabilities Beyond this, the remaining eight currently operating facilities all provide vital support to nuclear materials researchers.The individual capabilities of these eight facilities differ based on their particular missions.Three facilities have – or will have soon – in-situ characterization capabilities that combine ion irradiation with a transmission electron microscope (IVEM, I3TEM, and MIBL (pending)). Eight currently operating ion beam facilities that either already support DOE-NE R&D needs through the NSUF or could eventually support needs through the NSUF: • ANL – IntermediateVoltage Electron Microscope (IVEM) • Los Alamos National Laboratory – Ion Beam Materials Laboratory • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry • Sandia National Laboratories – In-Situ Ion IrradiationTransmission Electron Microscope (I3TEM) • Texas A&M University – Ion Beam Laboratory • University of Michigan – Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory (MIBL) • University ofTennessee – Ion Beam Materials Laboratory • University of Wisconsin – Ion Beam Laboratory. The NSUF will proceed in facilitating DOE-NE’s effective use of ion beam capabilities by 1) producing an Ion Beam Utilization Roadmap and 2) evaluating additional ion beam capabilities through the NSUF Partner Facility application process from institutions interested in joining the consortium. For the former, the NSUF will assemble a voluntary team of ion beam experts whose mandate will be to prepare a report describing current and potential future contributions of ion beam technologies to address the technical and regulatory challenges of the nuclear energy community for the advancement and implementation of nuclear energy technologies that are part of the mission of DOE-NE.The report should establish recommendations and their impacts for DOE-NE and its programs to use at their discretion in establishing future directives and priorities. For the latter, the NSUF will review applications under the criteria of whether the capability is unique with respect to what is already part of the NSUF or if the capability is in such high demand that additional capability is needed in the NSUF in fulfilling the mission of DOE-NE. Site visits and capability inspections will be part of these evaluations.