Nuclear Science User Facilities 8 Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC), theTransient ReactorTest (TREAT) Facility, and HighTemperatureTest Laboratory (HTTL) in the United States. Other NSUF facilities may be brought in at a later time.We expect a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between DOE-NE and the Belgian SCK-CEN in the early part of FY 2017. Looking further ahead in 2017, we are working to provide our users access to additional capabilities, such as the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Several other institutions have expressed interest in joining the NSUF Partner Facilities consortium and we will evaluate their applications in 2017.We will build on the produc- tive outcomes from the FY 2016 Ion BeamWorkshop by bringing together a committee to develop an Ion Beam Utilization Roadmap.We look forward to hosting aThermal Hydraulics Workshop to identify potential research opportunities as part of an expanded NSUF scope. Finally, we will hold our inaugural NSUF Partner Facilities Working Group meeting in an effort to better engage our Partner Facilities in the activities of the NSUF. Please take a few moments to learn more about all the important nuclear research facilitated by NSUF at Idaho National Laboratory and our diverse mix of affiliated partner institutions across the United States I thank the NSUF partners and users for their hard work to make the NSUF a successful strategic research organization. J. Rory Kennedy and value of projects awarded.This is a clear indication of the worth that the nuclear energy research community finds in the NSUF, and bringing on John Coody has allowed the NSUF to continue to manage this increasing volume of projects effectively. In FY 2016, the NSUF awarded 39 projects from a pool of 75 applications from 24 institutions during the thrice-yearly Rapid Turnaround Experiments solicitations, a 30 percent increase in awarded proposals and a 60 percent increase in proposals received over FY 2015 respectively.The annual Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) drew 67 pre-applications (a 116 percent increase) with final submissions of 32 full applications (an 88 percent increase) resulting in 12 awards (a 160 percent increase) totaling about $10 million in support (up from $4.2 million in FY 2015). To expand user awareness of our capa- bilities, the NSUF maintains an active presence in research-related circles.We exhibited in FY 2016 at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) winter meeting, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) International LightWater Reactor Materials Reliability Confer- ence, the Materials Research Society (MRS) fall meeting,The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) spring meeting, and the Nuclear Materials Conference (NuMat). Our impact becomes greater as tradition- ally non-nuclear focused researchers understand the opportunities posed in working in the nuclear field and how they can benefit from capabilities offered by the NSUF. In addition, the NSUF organized a session at the ANS winter meeting and, together with the NSUF Users Organization, will continue organizing NSUF conference sessions in the future to showcase the science we are producing. Our researchers are achieving scientific prominence by publishing and docu- menting research results through peer- reviewed journals and presentations at conferences.We recorded the highest number of journal publications in NSUF history in 2016 with 55, which beat the previous high of 33 in 2015. Due to the nature of NSUF related research, which can require longer time duration to yield results from experiments that tend to involve greater expense and require access to special- ized and unique facilities, we expect our publication record to continue to increase as we reap the benefits from earlier irradiation tests. Since the NSUF works to reduce barriers to research, the steady growth in publications is testimony to DOE-NE’s commitment to advancing nuclear energy. FY 2016 saw the NSUF expand its associations in the international arena.We continued our interactions with the UK’s National Nuclear User Facility and finalized discussions with the SCK-CEN Belgian Nuclear Research Centre on a pilot project involving irradiations in the ATR and Belgium Reactor-2 (BR-2).This will be followed by post-irradiation examina- tion (PIE) activities at the Laboratory for High and Medium Activity at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre and at Idaho National Laboratory (INL)