Our Mission

DOE’s Office of Science has a mission to deliver scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. We are the nation’s largest federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences and are a major supporter of research in such key scientific fields as physics, materials science, computing, and chemistry. We are also the lead federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research related to energy.

To keep America in the forefront of discovery and innovation, we sponsor research at hundreds of universities, national laboratories, and other institutions across the country. We also build and maintain a vitally important array of large-scale scientific facilities at the DOE national laboratories, which are used by thousands of researchers every year.

About the Office of Science

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science is the nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences, the steward of 10 DOE national laboratories, and the lead federal agency supporting fundamental research for energy production and security. Our job is to keep America at the forefront of discovery. This video is an overview of the Office of Science’s mission, people, and resources.
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Science Headlines

Subtle Signs of Fluctuations in Critical Point Search
Analysis of lightweight nuclei emerging from gold ion collisions offers insight into primordial matter phase changes.
Kelly Stifter and Julia Gonski Awarded 2023 Panofsky Fellowships at SLAC
Stifter and Gonski will work on experiments searching for dark matter and physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.
Ordering Ions: ORNL Study Inches Toward Answer on Power Source Origins
A study led by researchers at DOE's Oak Ridge National Lab could uncover new ways to produce more powerful, longer-lasting batteries & memory devices.
Early Career Scientist Wins Prestigious Hungarian Physics Award
Laszlo Horvath is an early career physicist at DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) stationed at General Atomics in San Diego.

University and Stakeholder News

Scholars Explore Future Careers at National Labs Day
UC Merced’s Graduate Division hosted its third National Labs Day on April 21.
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David Krasowska and Kirill Nagaitsev Awarded DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowships
Fellows gain cross-disciplinary, team-based experience during a 12-week practicum at one of 21 DOE national laboratories or sites.
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A Particular 'Sandwich' of Graphene and Boron Nitride May Lead to Next-Gen Microelectronics
The research shows how the moiré pattern in graphene can be adapted for use in new types of communication devices, lasers, and light-emitting diodes.
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High Energy Physics Experts Network, Collaborate at UH-Hosted Symposium
The event was hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on May 22–23.
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Dept. of Energy Office of Science delivers scientific discoveries, tools for the nation via programs in Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Biological & Environmental Research; Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; Nuclear Physics. Also supports Accelerator Research; Isotope Research; Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer; 5 national quantum centers; 2 energy innovation hubs. Stewards 10 DOE national labs. 100-plus Nobel Prizes, $7.5 billion budget.

The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

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