Brookhaven Projects Receiving ARRA Funds


National Synchrotron Light Source II
Funds: $150 million
NSLS-II will be an advanced, third-generation medium energy storage ring synchrotron that will provide sophisticated, new tools for discovery-class science – science that will enhance national and energy security and help drive abundant, safe, and clean energy technologies. The x-ray brightness and resolution of NSLS-II will be world leading, exceeding that of any other light source currently existing or under construction, and it will be 10,000 times brighter than the present light source at Brookhaven Lab.


Interdisciplinary Science Building
Funds: $18.6 million
This two-story state-of-the-art building will be a new, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable laboratory building that will provide modern, 21st-century, high-accuracy laboratories, offices and support functions. The building will group existing energy research scientists into one facility with collaborative environments to facilitate and realize the scientific benefits of multi-disciplinary collaboration. The Interdisciplinary Science Building will focus on energy-related R&D enabling breakthroughs in the effective uses of renewable energy through improved conversion, transmission and storage.


Building upgrades
Funds: $18.4 million
Funds will be used for needed infrastructure improvements, including roofing, mechanical, and electrical upgrades and fire protection to several key science buildings.


PHENIX equipment at RHIC
Funds: $2.3 million
Upgrades to the PHENIX detector, part of Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), will improve its performance, helping physicists understand more about why the physical world works the way it does, from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest stars. 

environmental cleanup

Environmental Cleanup
Funds: $42 million
As a result of funding made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the completions date for a number of near-term environmental cleanup actions actions related to the decommissioning of the High Flux Beam Reactor and Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor have been accelerated.

isotope program

Isotope Program
Funds: $1.5 million
Brookhaven has a robust program to develop new radiotracers for medical diagnosis and therapy. One of our most famous “products” is technetium-99m, the workhorse of nuclear medicine. The ARRA funds will support two research projects: to improve production of copper-67, a radioisotope with great potential for diagnosing and treating cancer; and to develop large-scale production of yttrium-86, widely used by the scientific community working with positron emission tomography, or PET. Additionally, $225,000 will be used to purchase equipment to do elemental analyses of samples for quality control of radioisotopes.


Energy Efficiency and Renewable Project
Funds: $115,000
Brookhaven will review proposals in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

additional projects

Additional Projects
The Laboratory has received $8 million for RHIC accelerator improvement projects, $6 million for an experiment to study neutrinos, $5.5 million for nanoscience equipment purchases, $3 million for improvements at the National Synchrotron Light Source, $1.8 million for nuclear-science workforce projects, $773 thousand for geothermal technology projects, $55 thousand to augment advanced-technology R&D, and $8 thousand for the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy program. Brookhaven has also received $3.3 million for subcontracted ARRA work from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.