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Institutional User Agreements

All  users must agree to, and abide by, the NERSC Appropriate Use policies. In addition, an institutional User Agreement between Berkeley Lab and the project's sponsoring organization is required if the project is not federally (U.S.) funded (or is involved in proprietary research, which is only permitted under exceptional circumstances and with written permission from the NERSC Director.)

If your project requires an institutional 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 NERSC Allocations at [email protected] or through the ticket interface.

User Agreements are valid for up to five years and cover only 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 and defines liability for use of DOE User Facilities. If a User Agreement is required (see above) and one is not in place, the University of California (as operator of LBNL) may claim first and exclusive rights to any intellectual property conceived or reduced to practice as a result of the use of NERSC facility resources. 

Project TypeFederally Funded ResearchNature of WorkAppropriate Use Policy AgreementNon-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 Mission Science allocation
** - ALCC Proprietary User Agreement, Patent waiver application and addendum.

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.

OrganizationValid Through
Allen Institute November 25, 2023
Arkansas State University - Jonesboro June 1, 2026
Auburn University March 13, 2024
Boston College December 2, 2025
Boston University January 24, 2025
Bowling Green State University June 18, 2025 
California State University - Channel Islands October 26, 2025
Carnegie Mellon University September 21, 2025
Columbia University January 13, 2025 
Cornell University June 20, 2024
Entos Inc September 10, 2025
Exabyte Inc. March 29, 2025
Florida A&M University March 29, 2025
Florida Southern College April 30, 2023
Florida State University October 12, 2025
General Atomics  
Georgia Institute of Technology May 6, 2025
Harvard University  
Illinois Institute of Technology March 7, 2024
Iowa State University August 1, 2021
Kent State University March 7, 2024
LaGuardia Community College March 21, 2023
Massachusetts Institute of Technology November 19, 2023
Michigan State University June 5, 2024
National Institute of Technology, Warangal (India) April 22, 2025
National Research Council (Canada) May 23, 2024
New Jersey Institute of Technology May 5, 2025
North Carolina State University June 15, 2023
North Dakota State University April 30, 2024
Northeastern University March 22, 2026 
Northwestern University November 11, 2025 
Ohio State University  
Pennsylvania State University March 22, 2026 
Pittsburg State University  
Rice University March 6, 2022
San Jose State University November 4, 2025
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (India) May 13, 2025
Stanford University  
Technical University of Darmstadt May 17, 2023
Teraflux Corp. May 23, 2024 
TAE Technologies Inc. (formerly Tri Alpha Energy) August 25, 2025
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York June 25, 2024
University College London September 30, 2024
University of Alberta April 19, 2022
University of California (UCOP system wide blanket agreement) June 10, 2025
University of Central Florida December 2, 2025
University of Central Oklahoma June 10, 2025
University of Chicago  
University of Connecticut September 27, 2025
University of Guelph May 2, 2023
University of Illinois at Chicago  
University of Kansas August 7, 2024
University of Maryland February 9, 2026
University of Massachusetts - Amherst March 22, 2026
University of Michigan September 9, 2025
University of Milan February 21, 2026
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities October 28, 2025
University of Missouri - Kansas City October 4, 2025
University of Nebraska - Lincoln August 19, 2025
University of Nevada Reno March 29, 2025
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill August 14, 2023
University of North Dakota April 30, 2024
University of Oklahoma March 14, 2024
University of Oregon  
University of Pennsylvania January 13, 2025
University of South Dakota May 25, 2025
University of Sussex - UK June 10, 2024
University of Texas El Paso January 24, 2025
University of Washington May 5, 2024
University of Wisconsin-Madison November 10, 2024
Virginia Commonwealth University March 30, 2026 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University July 7, 2025
Wayne State University October 8, 2024
Weizmann Institute of Science August 26, 2025
Western Michigan University November 11, 2025
Yale University June 25, 2024