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Sponsored Research

While the Department of Energy is the primary sponsor of research at BNL there are many ways in which industries can partner with BNL’s scientific talent to accelerate innovation in their commercial field. If you're interested in learning more about the sponsored research program contact Erick Hunt, (631) 344-2103.

Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP)

Research initiatives funded by outside sources (sponsored research) are conducted through the DOE's Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP) program. 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 homeland security, countering terrorism, medical challenges, and more.

The guiding principles of the SPP process seek to assure that the proposed sponsored research assignment will:

  • Be consistent with or complementary to the missions of DOE and BNL.
  • Not adversely impact execution of regularly assigned BNL programs.
  • Not place BNL in direct competition with the domestic private sector.
  • Not create a detrimental future burden on DOE resources.  

TCP's role in the SPP program

  • Help BNL scientists identify appropriate funding opportunities provided by federal agencies other than DOE.
  • Assist in the preparation of a complete and responsive grant proposal.
  • Help investigators and department-based administrators secure DOE approval for these sponsored activities.

Comprehensive list of relevant federal agencies  |  Non-federal funding opportunities

Please contact Alison Schwarz at 631-344-3428 or for assistance with federal SPP's and Ginny Coccorese at 631-344-2506 or for assistance with non-federal SPP's.

SPP Forms