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Brookhaven Science Associates Awarded $3.2 billion


Battelle/Stony Brook University to continue managing Brookhaven National Laboratory 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new five-year, $3.2 billion contract to Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) to manage and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory. The award was the result of a DOE competition for the management and operations contract for the laboratory, which has been operated by BSA for the Department since 1998. 

“Brookhaven National Laboratory is a prestigious research institution that is helping to drive the future of science and technology in New York,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “The selection of Brookhaven Science Associates to continue operating the Lab underscores the fundamental role they play not just in Long Island’s economy, but throughout our world in fields ranging from medicine to renewable energy. New York State and Stony Brook University have been long-time partners with the Lab, and I look forward to seeing that partnership continue to support the best and brightest minds around in the years ahead.”

Working together as BSA, Stony Brook and Battelle have successfully managed Brookhaven National Laboratory for the past 16 years, overseeing the start of operations and significant scientific achievements at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider; the construction of major research facilities including the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and National Synchrotron Light Source II; remarkable advances in areas including superconductivity, catalysis, and biofuels; and development of a strong and growing partnership with New York State on science and technology initiatives. 

“This is an excellent day for Stony Brook University, Battelle, and for every one of the 2,850 employees at Brookhaven Lab, and we should all take a moment to celebrate this outstanding accomplishment,” said BSA Board Chair and Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “The renewal of this contract demonstrates the DOE’s confidence in our strong scientific leadership as well as our vision for the future of the Laboratory that will fulfill the DOE’s expectations for transformational science.

With extensive core research capabilities and a rich history of scientific breakthroughs that includes seven Nobel Prizes, Brookhaven National Laboratory advances the mission of DOE’s Office of Science through the study of nuclear and particle physics to gain a deeper understanding of matter, energy, space, and time; photon sciences and nanomaterials research to address energy problems of critical importance to the nation; and cross-disciplinary research to understand the relationship between climate change, sustainable energy, and Earth’s ecosystems. The Lab’s annual budget of approximately $650 million supports 2,850 full-time employees and the operation of world-leading research.

“Today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy that BSA -- a partnership between Stony Brook University and Battelle -- will continue managing and operating Brookhaven National Laboratory is a tremendous win for the State University of New York, Long Island, and all of New York State. The Lab's internationally renowned researchers and facilities are driving innovation, discovery, and economic activity,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “By extending SUNY’s partnership with the Lab, Stony Brook University students will have unprecedented access to internships and job training in cutting-edge fields, and faculty can continue to collaborate with top scientists and pursue research in highly specialized laboratories on the most advanced equipment in the world. Congratulations to President Stanley and the entire leadership team at Stony Brook University on this outstanding achievement.” 

The contract award follows the submission of a proposal by BSA, which was jointly founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University with Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.  In the management and operation of Brookhaven, BSA also partners with six of the nation's foremost research universities (Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale). 

DOE acknowledged BSA's vision for advancing the DOE science mission, the strength of its executive leadership team, and its commitment to bring more than $118 million in external resources to the BNL.

“We’re delighted to have been chosen to lead Brookhaven Lab into its next phase of scientific achievement, and deeply appreciate the Department of Energy’s confidence in BSA going forward,” said Doon Gibbs, BSA president and Brookhaven Lab Director. “We’ve come a long way as a Laboratory during the past 16 years and believe BSA has an exciting, compelling vision for the next 20. We very much look forward to working with the Department of Energy; Stony Brook and Battelle; the core BSA universities, including Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton and Yale; the State of New York; our regional partners; and our thousands of employees and visiting researchers to make that vision a reality.”

The new contract begins on Jan. 5, 2015, and has a base term of five years, with up to 15 additional years that can be earned through award-term incentives.

DOE's Office of Science is responsible for the stewardship of Brookhaven. The Office of Science is the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit

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