Participating DOE Laboratories and Sites

Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility managed by Lockheed Martin for DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Since 1949, Sandia has developed science-based technologies that support our national security.

Sandia’s mission is to meet national needs in five key areas:

  • Nuclear weapons: ensuring the stockpile is safe, secure, reliable, and can support the United States' deterrence policy.
  • Nonproliferation and assessments: reducing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the threat of nuclear accidents, and the potential for damage to the environment.
  • Military technologies and applications: addressing new threats to national security.
  • Energy and infrastructure assurance: enhancing the surety of energy and other critical infrastructures.
  • Homeland security: helping to protect our nation against terrorism.

The Human Studies Board at Sandia was created in 1992 and reviewed two projects that first year. Currently, the board receives 25 new projects per year. Most human subjects research conducted by Sandia fits the social behavioral rubric and typically has involved human subjects as they participate in material testing of one type or another. However, over the past five years the character of the research has diversified significantly.

Currently, the majority of Sandia’s human subjects research falls into three main categories: 1) counter terrorism/homeland security, 2) cognitive modeling and man/machine interface, and 3) biotechnology.

Also of note is the Former Worker Medical Surveillance Program conducted for former workers from Sandia and sponsored by the DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security (HS-15). The Sandia IRB conducts initial and ongoing reviews of standard medical screening protocols, informed consent forms, and informational materials for clarity and consistency.

Content reviewed: November 12, 2013