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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 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 TypeFederally Funded ResearchNature of WorkAppropriate Use Policy FormNon-proprietary User AgreementALCC 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
ALCC No Industrial Proprietary Required N/A Required
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.

OganizationValid Through
Academia Sinica  
Allen Institute November 25, 2023
Arkansas State University  
Claflin University  
Florida Southern College  April 30, 2023
Iowa State University  
Johns Hopkins University  
 LaGuardia Community College March 21, 2023
Massachusetts Institute of Technology November 19, 2023
 New Jersey Institute of Technology  
 North Carolina State University June 15, 2023
 North Dakota State University  
Ohio State University  
 Peking University  
Princeton University  
 Rice University  July 9, 2018
 Technical University of Darmstadt  May 17, 2023
 UC Berkeley  
 UC Santa Barbara  
 UC Santa Cruz  
 University College London  
University of Alberta  April 19, 2019
University of Central Florida  
 Teraflux Corp.  
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 August 14, 2023 
 University of North Dakota  
 University of South Dakota