United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Academic Uses Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help licensees find key information easily.

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The NRC's regulations are found in Chapter 1 of Title 10, "Energy," of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Chapter I is divided into Parts 1 through 199. The following parts contain the requirements most relevant to academic uses of nuclear material:

  • Part 30 – "Rules of General Applicability to Domestic Licensing of Byproduct Material"
  • Part 40 – "Domestic Licensing of Source Material"
  • Part 70 – "Domestic Licensing of Special Nuclear Material"

See also the Medical, Industrial, Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Regulations, Guidance, and Communications page.

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Consolidated materials guidance is published in Consolidated Guidance About Licenses (NUREG-1556):

  • Volume 7, Program-Specific Guidance About Academic, Research, and Development, and Other Licenses of Limited Scope
  • Volume 11, Program-Specific Guidance About Licenses of Broad Scope

Regulatory guides are issued in 10 divisions and are intended to aid licensees in implementing regulations. The guides most applicable to academic use are Division 8, Occupational Health series. See also the Medical, Industrial, Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Regulations, Guidance, and Communications page.

Web (HTML) versions of some regulatory guides are available for viewing or downloading at this site. In the index for each division of guides, the number of each guide available at this site is underscored. All active final and draft guides are also available in NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS).

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License Types

NRC assigns a five-digit code to each license to designate the major activity or principal use authorized in the license. These codes may be used to identify the appropriate NUREG-1556 guidance documents and secondary activities or uses authorized in the license. NRC uses approximately 100 program codes to classify the primary and secondary activities of thousands of active licenses. Additional information provided in the description of each license type may be used to identify the fee categories information in the schedules in 10 CFR Part 170 and 10 CFR Part 171. To learn more about the license category and the associated fee and inspection categories, see Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses: Guidance About Administrative Licensing Procedures (NUREG-1556, Vol. 20, Appendix G: LTS Program Code Descriptions).

License Types (Program Codes) for larger academic use programs.

License Title License Code
Academic Type A Broad Scope 01100
Academic Type B Broad Scope 01110
Academic Type C Broad Scope 01120

License Types (Program Codes) for small limited specific academic use licenses or associated with larger academic use programs. The code used depends upon the device or equipment used.

License Title License Code
Measuring Systems Fixed Gauges 03120
Measuring Systems Portable Gauges 03121
Measuring Systems Analytic Gauges 03122
Measuring Systems Gas Chromatographs 03123
Measuring Systems Other 03124
Irradiators Self Shielded Less Than 10000 Curies 03510
Irradiators Other Less Than 10000 Curies 03511
Irradiators Self Shielded Greater Than 10000 Curies 03520
Irradiators Other Greater Than 10000 Curies 03521

Additional License Types (Program Codes) associated with academic use programs. The code used depends upon the materials used.

License Title License Code
Critical Mass Material - Universities 21310
SNM Plutonium - Unsealed Less Than a Critical Mass 22110
SNM U-235 and/or U-233 Unsealed Less Than a Critical Mass 22111
Source Material Shielding 11210
Source Material Other Less Than 150 Kilograms 11200
Source Material Other Greater Than 150 Kilograms 11300
SNM Plutonium - Neutron Sources Less Than 200 Grams 22120
Power Sources with Byproduct and/or Special Nuclear Material 22130
SNM Plutonium - Sealed Sources in Devices 22140
SNM Plutonium - Sealed Sources Less Than a Critical Mass 22150
SNM U-235 and/or U-233 Sealed Sources Less Than a Critical Mass 22151

Additional License Types (Program Codes) Associated with Academic use programs. The code used depends upon radiation safety program.

License Title License Code
Waste Disposal (Burial) 03231
Incineration - Noncommercial (Secondary Code) 03235
Byproduct Material Possession Only - Permanent Shutdown 03800
Byproduct Material Standby - No Operations 03810
Decommissioning of Byproduct Material Facilities 03900
Source Material Possession Only - Permanent Shutdown 11800
Source Material Standby - No Operations 11810
Decommissioning of Other SNM Facilities - Less Than Critical Mass 22200
SNM Possession Only (Non-Fuel) - Permanent Shutdown 23300
SNM Standby (Non-Fuel) - No Operations 23310
Low Level Waste Storage - Other (Secondary Code) 06101

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Academic licensees are required to pay an initial fee and then an annual license fee to the NRC. Refer to the schedule of materials fees for the fees required for each category of license and each type of fee.

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The License Application Form is to be used by all academic use licensees.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Monday, March 23, 2015