Energy Secretary Chu Announces First $1.2 Billion in Recovery Act Funding for Science



UPTON, NY–The U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory will receive $184.3 million in new science funding from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, principally to accelerate construction of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a new $912 million project approved to start construction earlier this year by the Department of Energy (DOE).

The funds are part of $1.2 billion announced by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, on March 23, during a visit to Brookhaven, from funding allocated under the Recovery Act to DOE’s Office of Science. The funds will support an array of Office of Science-sponsored construction, laboratory infrastructure and research projects across the nation.

“Leadership in science remains vital to America’s economic prosperity, energy security and global competitiveness,” said Secretary Chu. “These projects not only provide critically needed short-term economic relief but also represent a strategic investment in our nation’s future. They will create thousands of jobs and breathe new life into many local economies, while helping to accelerate new technology development, renew our scientific and engineering workforce, and modernize our nation’s scientific infrastructure.”

“This increase in federal support for basic research, the hallmark of our work at Brookhaven lab, will strengthen the country’s global leadership position in science and technology,” said Laboratory Director Sam Aronson. “We welcome the additional funding for Brookhaven lab, which is part of DOE’s family of national laboratories, key to the nation’s scientific enterprise.”

“Secretary Chu’s visit to Brookhaven is a clear sign of how important the lab is to the scientific and competitive research future of Long Island and the entire nation,” commented the senior senator from New York, Charles Schumer. “We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the new secretary to ensure the lab – as a critical scientific and economic engine–continues to thrive and grow.”

“These recovery funds will create jobs on Long Island, strengthen the economy and spur the innovations we need to make America strong in the future,” Rep. Timothy Bishop (NY-1st) said. “What’s good for Brookhaven is good for Long Island and the nation. This recovery funding will put hundreds of Long Island construction workers, electricians ,and plumbers to work and allow the lab’s highly skilled and dedicated scientists to continue their cutting-edge energy research.”

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said, “This is great news for Brookhaven National Laboratory and for all of Long Island. Brookhaven is a major economic engine for Long Island. This funding will help create jobs and keep Long Island at the forefront of scientific research.”

The $1.2 billion that Secretary Chu announced at Brookhaven is the first installment of a total of $1.6 billion allocated to the DOE Office of Science by Congress under the Recovery Act legislation. Officials are working on details remaining to enable approval and release of the balance of $371 million.

Other approved projects include:

• $123 million for major construction, modernization and needed decommissioning of laboratory facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in Oak Ridge Tenn.; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), in Berkeley, Calif.; and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

• $65 million to accelerate construction of the 12-Billion Electron Volt Upgrade of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) in Newport News, Va.  

• $277 million for Energy Frontier Research Centers, to be awarded on a competitive basis to universities and DOE national laboratories across the country.  

• $90 million for other core research, providing support for graduate students, post-doc students, and Ph.D. scientists.  

• $69 million to create a national scale, prototype 100-gigabit per second data network linking research centers across the nation.  

• $330 million for operations and equipment at Office of Science major scientific user facilities, used annually by more than 20,000 researchers.  

• $125 million for needed infrastructure improvements across nine DOE national laboratories: Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa; Argonne National Laboratory, in Argonne, Ill.; Brookhaven National Laboratory; Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill.; LBNL; ORNL; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash.; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif; and TJNAF.

News release Courtesy of Department of Energy.

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