Sandia National Laboratories | Strategic Partnerships



Sandia National Laboratories is a world-class research & development community that delivers on national security missions while advancing the frontiers of science and engineering.

Georgia Institute of Technology is one of Sandia’s Academic Alliance schools. These schools work with Sandia to: solve big problems, sustain and engage human capital, and accelerate adoption of new technology. The research partnership allows Georgia Tech faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students the opportunity to collaborate with researchers and leverage Sandia capabilities.

Georgia Tech has 12 core research areas. A number of technical areas that intersect Sandia’s identified research challenges and Georgia Tech’s Integrated Research Topics have been identified to be of mutual interest, including:

  • Energy and Grid Security
  • Materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Data Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Electronics, Microsystems, and Nanotechnology

Doing Business with Sandia
Sandia National Laboratories uses a variety of agreement mechanisms to develop new partnerships with industry, state and local government, and universities. Goals of the partner/sponsor, coupled with funding sources for the agreement and Sandia’s strategic business objectives, are used to determine the most appropriate partnering mechanism.

Existing partnering mechanisms in place:
✓ Base NDA
✓ Master Purchase Order Agreement

SNL Research

Sandia National Laboratories is a world-class research & development community delivering on national security missions while advancing the frontiers of science and engineering.

SNL Facilities

Technology deployment centers are a unique set of scientific research capabilities and resources. Learn more about Sandia’s research centers.

  • Advanced Power Source Engineering Facility
  • Combustion Research Facility
  • Design, Evaluation, and Test Technology Facility
  • Distributed Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Engineering Sciences Experimental Facilities
  • Explosive Components Facility
  • Explosive Technology Group
  • Geomechanics Laboratory
  • Materials Science and Engineering Center
  • Mechanical Test and Evaluation Facility
  • Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA)
  • National Solar Thermal Test Facility
  • Nuclear Facilities Resource Center (NUFAC)
  • Photovoltaic System Evaluation Laboratory (PSEL)
  • Plasma Research Facility (PRF)
  • Primary Standards Laboratory
  • Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed (QSCOUT)
  • Shock Thermodynamic Applied Research Facility (STAR)
  • Utgiagvik and Oliktok Point Arctic Research Facilities

Student/Postdoc Opportunities


Sandia offers several types of internships: Summer, Year-Round, Co-Op, and Academic in a number of different Technical Institute Programs. Learn more about Student Internships at Sandia.


Sandia offers various fellowship opportunities to exceptional individuals in support of our national security mission. We offer opportunities for fully funded graduate degrees as well as self-directed research. Learn more about Fellowships at Sandia.


Sandia’s postdoctoral program provides opportunities to work with top scientists and engineers using state-of-the-art instruments and tools. Postdoctoral appointees conduct leading-edge research, publish and present their findings, collaborate with others in academia and industry, and contribute to the advancement of technology in a wide variety of scientific fields. Learn more about Postdoc positions at Sandia.

Faculty Opportunities

Sandia has a number of efforts specifically aimed at supporting and cementing relationships with faculty and universities in the region and around the nation.

Faculty Appointments (Sabbatical and Summer Faculty Research Appointments)

The Laboratories encourage scientists to conduct short-term, joint research with university faculty on sabbatical or during the summer. Faculty must be invited by a Sandia sponsor and can have limited-term employment at the Labs from four weeks to one academic year. The appointments provide meaningful work to professors widely recognized as authorities in their field, make valuable contributions to Sandia’s technical research, and promote university relations. Candidates are recruited nationally for summer appointments. Salary, round-trip travel, and per diem are provided. Available positions can be found on Sandia’s Careers webpage. Select “View All Jobs” then search for the word “faculty” and follow application instructions.

Adjunct Professorships

Sandia encourages its staff to serve as adjunct professors at regional and other universities.


Sandia supports development of university faculty through nominations for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), whose winners receive $250,000 payable over five years to conduct their research. The awards recognize researchers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Learn more about PECASE.

Academic Alliance Early Career Faculty Field Day

The Academic Alliance Early Career Faculty Field Day provides faculty with the opportunity to come together with the Academic Alliance partners (Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of New Mexico, and University of Texas at Austin) to learn about Sandia’s national security mission, explore partnership opportunities, and establish relationships with leading Sandia researchers. Contact Michelle Gonzalez for more info.

Funding Opportunities

Laboratory Directed Research & Development

The LDRD program offers Sandia’s scientists and engineers the opportunity to identify and pursue innovative solutions to our most challenging national security problems.

Why LDRD Matters

The LDRD program invests in high-risk, potentially high-payoff activities that enable national security missions and advance the frontiers of science and engineering. As Sandia’s sole source of discretionary R&D funding, the LDRD program provides the flexibility to anticipate and respond quickly to future mission needs and to explore potentially revolutionary advances in science and technology. Learn more about LDRD.

Georgia Tech and Sandia LDRD Projects

In FY20, Sandia funded 16 LDRD projects for a total of $1.13M. In addition, LDRD funded another 5 student-related research projects for a total of $165K.

Joint Research Proposals

The Academic Alliance partnership between Georgia Tech and Sandia Labs enables joint proposal submissions for externally funded programs/projects.