Durbin: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill That Preserves Funding for Fermilab and Argonne National Lab
“Science labs like Fermi and
“We applaud Sen. Durbin’s effort to increase funding for physical sciences research,” said Eric Isaacs, director of
The Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations Bill for Energy and Water – which now awaits action by the full Senate – includes funding for the following energy research and development accounts that fund projects at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab:
- Basic Energy Science: $1,700,000,000 in funding for the Office of Science’s Basic Energy Science account which is Argonne National Laboratory’s largest funding source (approximately 40% of
Argonne’s funding support comes from this account);
- Major Items of Equipment: $20,000,000 in funding is included for the Advanced Photon Source Upgrade at Argonne National Laboratory.
- Energy Innovation Hub for Batteries and Energy Storage: $24,237,000 in funding included in the Office of Science’s Basic Energy Sciences account for the Energy Innovation Hub for Batteries and Energy Storage for which
Argonneis a very strong applicant.
- Advanced Scientific Computing Research: $137,500,000 in funding for the Office of Science’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research account under which Argonne National Laboratory’s Leadership Computing Facility receives $67,000,000 to maintain operations and purchase a new supercomputer.
- High Energy Physics: $781,000,000 in funding for the Office of Science’s High Energy Physics account which is the primary source of funding for Fermilab;
- Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment: $26,000,000 in funding is included in the Office of Science’s High Energy Physics account for the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment, a primary focus at Fermilab. Research in neutrinos represents the next frontier of particle physics. An additional $15,000,000 is provided to maintain operations at the experiment’s detector site in
. South Dakota
- The Muon to Electron Experiment: $25,000,000 in funding is included in the Office of Science’s High Energy Physics account for the Muon to Electron Experiment which could result in the development of a revolutionary technology in the field. (Of that funding, $20,000,000 million is included for construction and $5,000,000 for other project costs).
Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest research centers. It is also the nation's first national laboratory which houses basic and applied scientific research across a wide spectrum of disciplines, ranging from high-energy physics to climatology and biotechnology.
Fermilab is the nation’s premier high-energy physics laboratory that employs over 1,000 people including physicists, engineers and computer professionals. The laboratory leads
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