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The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is a non-profit research and educational institution established in 2006 by the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory to achieve common objectives:

1) Strategic partnerships with government, industry and other universities,

2) New research and educational programs in the state, and

3) Collaborative opportunities for students, faculty and staff that support recruitment and retention at the Laboratory and universities. The NMC:

  • Leverages the strengths of three research universities to achieve common goals,
  • Builds joint programs in support of common interests,
  • Develops strategic partnerships with government, industry and other universities in support of the partnership, and
  • Provides common organization and facilities to support these initiatives.

A major role of the NSEC/NMC Coordination Office is to develop and manage the interactions between Los Alamos and the NMC. The NNCO and the NMC have created the framework for the development of joint research projects. Los Alamos staff can work part-time for the NMC on NMC projects that are of mutual benefit to the Laboratory and the NMC.  A number of Los Alamos staff members have established joint research programs within the NMC.  The NNCO oversees Los Alamos staff participation in NMC projects. Programs must meet the following requirements:

  • Proposed projects must have a clear benefit to the Lab and the NMC.
  • Lab management must pre-approve possible staff employment by the NMC before Los Alamos staff members begin working on joint NMC proposals. 
  • NNCO must approve staff participation in the NMC.
  • Participation in the projects must not negatively impact partner institutions.
  • Funding for joint projects should be through partner institutions and not through the NMC unless there is a compelling reason to support the program through the NMC.
  • The combined effort for any Lab staff member working with the NMC cannot exceed 1.0 FTE. 
  • Employment by NMC of Los Alamos staff must not create a conflict of interest with Lab employment. 
  • All intellectual property (IP) produced by staff from partner institutions is assigned back to the home institution unless an agreement is put in place with the NMC specific to the project before the IP is developed.

The purpose of the NMC is to facilitate collaborations among the partnership. These collaborations are structured to optimize the benefit to the partnerships and the competitiveness of the proposal by using many different mechanisms. NMC can team on proposals with funding going separately to each partner institution; either directly from the sponsor, or indirectly as a subcontractor from the proposal’s lead institution.