In a short ceremony on Jan. 17, the University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) signed an Inter-Institutional Visitor Agreement (IVA) to allow access for UNM researchers to the Annular Core Research Reactor (ACRR) facility and Gamma Irradiation Facility (GIF) at SNL. This will allow the researchers access in order to predict sample response to experimental conditions like those at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

“Previously when we wanted to collaborative, UNM had to use a project specific contract to have SNL run experiments in those facilities," said UNM Vice President for Research Mike Dougher. "With this agreement SNL technical staff can collaborate with UNM researchers and will run experiments with UNM researchers. This is a big step forward in our collaboration efforts with SNL. It is the scientist-to-scientist collaborations that are critical to our long-term collaborative success."


“I am delighted that we have been able to execute our very first IVA with UNM, “said Sandia National Laboratories Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Julia Phillips. “It is yet another sign of the close and ever-deepening partnership between two of the premier research institutions in the state of New Mexico. I look forward to hearing about the important science that will result from the experiments conducted through this collaboration.”

UNM and the National Laboratories located in New Mexico are working to find ways to overcome internal institutional barriers that hinder research activity.