The objective of the Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards Graduate Fellowship (NNIS) program is to meet NNSA's need for highly trained scientists and engineers in the technical areas in which NNSA has ongoing research and development programs. At present, these areas include the following:
• Advancements in analytical techniques and instrumentation used in determining inventory and characterization of nuclear materials.
• Identifying ways to improve instrumentation and techniques for the physical, chemical, and radiological analysis of nuclear or radioactive materials, and any associated materials at both the bulk and trace levels.
• Development of new and innovative methods and improvements to existing methods and instrumentation for chemical and radiological characterization, as well as the development of new and advanced approaches applicable to laboratory, field and in process methods.
• Development of improved approaches to integrating international safeguards into the early design of nuclear facilities.
• Development of advanced safeguard approaches and techniques that can be applied to existing and future nuclear facilities, including, inter alia, uranium enrichment, reprocessing, and reactor facilities.
• Development of additional technologies that can be used to detect, verify, and monitor nuclear materials as it relates to production and proliferation.
• Advanced techniques for information retrieval, management, and analysis to optimize information utilization and enhance capabilities for detection of undeclared nuclear materials and activities.
• Innovative ways to strengthen safeguards and security infrastructures, through training and other capacity building measures, in countries with credible plans to develop the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.