Particle physics research

DOE announces $14.8 million for particle accelerator research

WASHINGTON, DC, August 17, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $14.8 million in funding for advanced research projects in particle accelerator science and technology.

Particle accelerators provide unique sources of light and particles that support the research of thousands of scientists around the world, play a direct role in the production of more than $500 billion in goods per year, and process more than 5 million cancer patients each year.

The DOE Office of Science Accelerator Stewardship and Accelerator Development programs support fundamental research and development (R&D) inspired by the use of accelerator technology that advances science, healthcare, the economy, and our safety and supports public-private partnerships to strengthen national accelerator technology providers.

The 12 research projects involve scientists from 32 U.S. institutions, including 12 universities, 7 national laboratories and 14 companies working together to solve some of the toughest problems in medical, industrial, environmental and safety applications of accelerator technology. .

“Scientific research, medicine, security, and a growing list of industrial applications rely on accelerator technology,” said Steve Binkley, Principal Deputy Director of the DOE’s Office of Science. “The awards announced today will not only advance the state of the art, but help American companies compete in this important technology market.”

Projects include research to produce faster treatments for cancer treatment and automated accelerator systems for security applications; R&D to advance ultrafast laser technology, beam physics and new superconductors; and R&D supporting public-private partnerships to strengthen domestic commercial sources of radio frequency energy sources and electron sources.

Projects were selected through competitive peer review as part of the DOE’s Funding Opportunity Announcement for Fiscal Year 2022 Research Opportunities in Accelerator Management and Accelerator Development.

Total funding is $14.8 million for projects up to 3 years in duration, with $4.2 million in fiscal year 2022 dollars and out-of-year funding dependent on congressional appropriations.

The list of projects and more information can be found here.

Source: DOE Office of Science