Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC (BSA) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to continue managing and operating Brookhaven National Laboratory under a new five-year base contract. Established as a partnership between Battelle and Stony Brook University, BSA has managed Brookhaven Lab since 1998.
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.
“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.
Working together as BSA, Battelle and Stony Brook have successfully managed Brookhaven Lab 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.
“We’ve put in place a consummate management team and developed an exceptionally strong proposal, so we are excited to have the opportunity to build on our past successes—from discovering the ‘perfect’ liquid to building the world’s most advanced synchrotron light source,” said Ron Townsend, BSA Board Co-chair and Executive Vice President of Global Laboratory Operations for Battelle. “We are committed to the future of Brookhaven National Laboratory as both a world-leading scientific organization and as a source of technology innovation benefitting our region, our nation, and our world.”
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 facilities used by more than 4,000 visiting researchers each year.
Both of BSA’s partner organizations are deeply invested in Brookhaven lab’s current and future success. Stony Brook University is a major user of Brookhaven lab facilities, and those facilities and the Laboratory’s scientific staff are essential to the vitality of the university’s intellectual life and to the impact of many of its research programs.
These programs are strengthened by 23 joint Brookhaven/Stony Brook appointments; joint initiatives, including the Center for Accelerator Science and Education and the energy-focused Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties; and joint research endeavors in areas ranging from nuclear physics to nanoscience.