2016 | ANNUAL REPORT 7 FROMTHE NSUF DIRECTOR J. Rory Kennedy Director (208) 526-5522 rory.kennedy@inl.gov The Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) will celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2017. Since it was originally founded as the AdvancedTest Reactor National Scientific User Facility (ATR-NSUF), the NSUF has grown into a truly national – and international – organization. Speaking of the ATR, this national research treasure will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary in July 2017. Established in 2007, the NSUF has focused on the goal of serving as a scientific and technical foundation for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) as it advances nuclear power to meet our nation’s energy, environmental, and national security needs. The NSUF’s shared history with ATR brings into focus the tremendous asset that ATR has provided to nuclear energy researchers and innovators. The NSUF has completed 13 ATR irradiations and currently has five ATR projects underway. NSUF researchers have published over 28 refereed journal papers to date based on research utilizing the ATR. tation as well as other related informa- tion from both U.S. and international institutions. Created in fiscal year (FY) 2015, the NEID is designed to be a tool for researchers and developers across federal government agencies, the national laboratory system, industry, universities, and international organizations. In 2016, the NSUF made the NEID database available to the newly established Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initia- tive to facilitate GAIN industry users’ identification of capabilities that can advance their technologies.The NSUF is pleased to engage with the GAIN initiative in its mission to provide industry innovators the technical and regulatory support they need to move new or advanced nuclear technology concepts and designs toward commer- cialization.The combined resources offered through the NSUF and the GAIN initiative provide an unprec- edented diversity of nuclear energy researchers and innovators access to world-class capabilities, infrastructure, and expertise in all aspects of nuclear energy technologies. 2016 was a banner year for the NSUF in both the number of proposals received and the number The NSUF team has also grown to support a research and development ecosystem to better enable high-impact nuclear energy research.We welcomed three new team members in 2016 who are profiled in this report: • Kelly Cunningham, Nuclear Fuels & Materials Library Coordinator, • Jonathan Kirkham, Scientific Support Professional, and • John Coody, Project Scheduler. With our added team members, we continued to enhance two important NSUF resources: the Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library (NFML) and the Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Database (NEID). Kelly Cunningham brought the NFML online as a web-based, searchable database of legacy irradiated nuclear fuels and materials available to the nuclear community for advanced scientific studies. Jonathan Kirkham, working with NSUF Capabilities Coor- dinator Brenden Heidrich, continued to build out the NEID database. In September 2016, it contained data from up to 127 institutions supporting about 465 facilities that house close to 1,000 instruments and equipment, including research and test reactors, conventional and advanced instrumen-