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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. 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.

Fiscal Year 2018 By the Numbers…

$657 million

Total funding

$171 million

Spent on goods and services

$26 million

of the $171 million spent on Long Island companies

$14 million

Invested in new facilities and renovations


People employed by the Laboratory


of our employees live on
Long Island


Visiting researchers

from university, corporate & government institutions


of the 5,000 researchers from NY State institutions

photo of scientists

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 2,500 full-time workers and is host to more than 5,000 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.