NERSC User Agreements
An appropriate use policy form is required of all NERSC users. In addition a User Agreement between Berkeley Lab and the project's sponsoring organization is required if the project is not federally funded or is involved in proprietary research.
If your project requires a User Agreement with Berkeley Lab, check the list of organizations that have current institutional User Agreements (or have one in the works) shown below. If you do not find your organization there, please contact the NERSC consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the ticket interface.
User Agreements are valid for up to five years and only cover work done at NERSC. The User Agreement is the document that permits the User and/or the home organization to retain ownership of intellectual property. If a User Agreement is required (see above) and one is not in place, the University of California (as operator of LBNL) will claim first and exclusive rights to any intellectual property conceived or reduced to practice as a result of the use of NERSC facility resources. The User Agreement also defines liability for use of DOE User Facilities.
|Project Type||Federally Funded Research||Nature of Work||Appropriate Use Policy Form||Non-proprietary User Agreement||ALCC Proprietary User Agreement**|
|ERCAP*||Yes||Fundamental Research Non-proprietary||Required||N/A||N/A|
|ERCAP*||No||Fundamental Research Non-proprietary||Required||Required||N/A|
|ALCC||Yes||Fundamental Research Non-proprietary||Required||N/A||N/A|
|ALCC||No||Fundamental Research Non-proprietary||Required||Required||N/A|
|Directors Reserve||Yes||Fundamental Research Non-proprietary||Required||N/A||N/A|
|Directors Reserve||No||Fundamental Research Non-proprietary||Required||Required||N/A|
* - ERCAP = standard DOE Production allocation
** - ALCC Proprietary User Agreement, Patent waiver application and addedum.
Institutional User Agreements
List of organizations that have institutional Non-Proprietary User Agreements in place (or process) with Berkeley Lab for use of NERSC resources.
|Arkansas State University|
|Florida Southern College||April 30, 2023|
|Iowa State University|
|Johns Hopkins University|
|LaGuardia Community College||March 21, 2023|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology|
|North Carolina State University||June 15, 2023|
|North Dakota State University|
|Ohio State University|
|Rice University||July 9, 2018|
|Technical University of Darmstadt||May 17, 2023|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|UC Santa Cruz|
|University College London|
|University of Alberta||April 19, 2019|
|University of Central Florida|
|University of Chicago|
|University of Guelph||May 2, 2023|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Minnesota|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|University of North Dakota|
|University of South Dakota|