University Partnerships

SRNL has close working relationships with a variety of institutions of higher education and partners with the universities to achieve a broad range of research and development goals. The general purpose of these arrangements is to use the combined strengths of each institution to solve scientific and technical problems of mutual interest, and of interest to the Department of Energy and to develop a workforce pipeline of skilled research and technical staff that support both national laboratory and university programs.

On a day-to-day basis, SRNL works with numerous institutions and faculty members on cooperative projects across a wide spectrum of scientific inquiry. SRNL establishes partnering agreements such as Memorandums of Understanding, Work for Others agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, or other collaboration mechanisms to support SRNL-University research projects.


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SRNL employs the most qualified, forward-looking postdoctoral researchers in the sciences and engineering disciplines.

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SRNL hosts educational internships based on specific university/academic research programs closely aligned with SRNL’s core research competencies and core products.

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The SRNL Joint Appointment Program provides university faculty opportunities to engage in research and development with SRNL.

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The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (EM-MSIPP) promotes the education and development of the next generation workforce in critical science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) related disciplines that compliment current and future missions of The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM).