Fundamental science discoveries that create transformative technology applications in nuclear security are critical to the long-term success of nuclear security. These include new operational systems, new understandings of the threat space, and new methods of discerning or discovering threats. Our consortium views technology development as a critical force multiplier to assure that the global nuclear security architecture is a robust and cost-effective as possible.
In general, the institute does not function as an organizational “overlay” for research proposals that are best performed by single organizations. If the research is not collaborative between academic units or partner organizations, the institute largely does not interfere with the direct connection between the sponsor and the performing unit, other than perhaps to maintain some cognizance for other possible opportunities. As a result, the institute tends to focus on large, complex proposals that are beyond the abilities of a singe investigator.