The U.S. Department of Energy Isotope Program supports the production, as well as the development of production techniques, of radioactive and stable isotopes that are in short supply. Isotopes are high-priority commodities of strategic importance for the Nation and are essential for energy, medical, and national security applications and for basic research. A goal of the program is to make critical isotopes more readily available to meet domestic needs.
The DOE IP’s mission, directly supported by the NIDC, is to:
Produce and/or distribute radioactive and enriched stable isotopes that are in short supply, including valuable by-products and surplus materials, and perform related isotope services.
Maintain the infrastructure required to produce and supply isotope products and to perform related services.
Conduct R&D on new and improved isotope production and processing techniques that can make available new isotopes for research and applications.
Mitigate U.S. dependence on foreign supplies of isotopes.