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Economic Impact

The technologies of tomorrow are tough to predict, but one thing is certain: innovation forms the foundation of a healthy economy. In an uncertain economic climate, the greatest opportunities for local, national, and global growth rest with the time-tested impact of large-scale research and development. Brookhaven National Laboratory’s discoveries at the most exciting frontiers of science — from the fabric of the cosmos to zero-emission vehicles — generate the kinds of unprecedented, game-changing advances that help shape the future.

Lab scientist Juergen Thieme at the new sub-micron-resolution x-ray spectroscopy beamline being built for the National Synchrotron Light Source II

Brookhaven Lab’s extensive core research capabilities advance the missions of the U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Science and help sustain a competitive and innovative national economy.

An Economic Engine of World-Class Science

Owned and primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Brookhaven Lab is one of New York State’s largest scientific research centers. Located on a 5,300-acre site in central Long Island, the Lab employs more than 3,000 full-time workers and is host to just as many visiting researchers each year from universities, industry, and government agencies that use its cutting-edge facilities.

The world’s foremost scientists join with the local workforce in the enterprise of exploration, including massive construction projects and ever-expanding support services. But beyond the hundreds of millions in federal funding coming to Long Island and the thousands of jobs created, Brookhaven Lab anchors New York as a leading center for innovation.

Breakthrough science also helps foster a sense of wonder and ambition in the Long Island community, bolstered by strong educational outreach and a robust partnership with Stony Brook University.

The scientific strides taken every day at Brookhaven Lab spark ripples across the entire economic landscape, from inspiring local entrepreneurs to powering global industries.

Fiscal Year 2012

By the numbers...

$678 Million

in economic impact generated by Brookhaven Lab and its visitors

$42.3 Million

in goods and services purchased from
New York State companies, including

$31.7 Million

from Long Island companies

$47.4 Million

invested in new facilities and renovations

$45.8 Million

paid to New York State contractors, including

$30.6 Million

to Long Island contractors

$696 Million

in total funding




living on Long Island


jobs directly supported in construction and related industries in New York State inluding


with Long Island contractors


jobs created throughout New York State


visiting researchers from university, corporate and government institutions, nearly


from New York State


growth in employment from 2009 to 2012

Figures prepared by Appleseed Inc.

Brookhaven National Laboratory as an Enterprise — FY2012

Brookhaven National Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates – a limited liability company founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Lab facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization – under a contract with DOE.

Brookhaven Lab’s funding in fiscal year (FY) 2012 totaled $696 million.

As of 2012, Brookhaven Lab employed 3,100 people – more than 98 percent of whom live on Long Island.

Between September 2009 and September 2012, employment at Brookhaven Lab grew by 7 percent.

In FY 2012, Brookhaven Lab spent $42.3 million on purchases of goods and services from New York State companies, including $31.7 million in purchasing from Long Island companies. This spending directly supported about 245 full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs throughout New York State – including about 187 FTE jobs with vendors and contractors on Long Island.

In FY 2012, Brookhaven Lab invested $47.4 million in construction of new facilities and renovation of existing ones. Of this total, $45.8 million was paid to New York State contractors, including $30.6 million paid to contractors based on Long Island. We estimate that this spending directly supported 258 FTE jobs in construction and related industries throughout New York State, including 174 FTE jobs with Long Island contractors.

Appleseed estimates that, in total, the direct, indirect, and induced impact of spending by Brookhaven Lab and by its visitors in FY 2012 generated approximately $678 million in economic output and 5,480 FTE jobs throughout New York State.