Work for Others (WFO)

Sponsored Research

While most research conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory is financially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, funding from other Federal agencies in the form of interagency agreements or grants can also be beneficial and appropriate.  Funding arrangements of this kind can help advance the Laboratory’s own research goals and interests and enable BNL scientists to engage in some of the important research challenges currently faced by other Federal agencies, including research associated with protecting the homeland, countering terrorism, medical challenges, and more.

At BNL, sponsored research initiatives of this kind are conducted through the DOE’s “Work for Others (WFO)” program.  The guiding principles of the WFO process (DOE Order 481.1B) seek to assure that the proposed sponsored research assignment:

  • is consistent with or complimentary to the missions of DOE and BNL
  • will not adversely impact execution of regularly assigned programs of BNL
  • will not place BNL in direct competition with the domestic private sector
  • will not create a detrimental future burden on DOE resources  

In some cases, the Office of Technology Commercialization and Partnerships may be able to help you to identify appropriate funding opportunities provided by other Federal agencies.  In other cases, our office may be able to assist you in the preparation of a complete and responsive grant proposal.  An additional responsibility of our office is to aid investigators and department-based administrators in the process of securing DOE approval for these sponsored program activities.

Whenever you feel we may be of assistance with a Federal WFO initiative, please feel free to drop a line or give a call to Alison Schwarz at extension 3428.

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Last Modified: December 28, 2010
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