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

Silvia Zorzetti Receives DOE Early Career Award for Her Quantum Research
The award provides $2.5 million over the next five years to support her work and create opportunities for students and young researchers to join her.
Protecting the Protector Boosts Plant Oil Content
Scientists demonstrate a new genetic strategy for preventing breakdown of plant oils needed for biofuels and other products.
Results from South Pole Telescope’s New Camera Emerge
Argonne is part of a multi-institutional effort to survey the sky for clues about the origins and nature of our universe.
Rubin Observatory Will Inspire a New Era in Space Missions Without Ever Leaving the Ground
The observatory’s detailed, big-picture view of our Solar System and ability to quickly detect & track moving objects provides a gold mine of data.

University and Stakeholder News

Towards More Efficient Catalysts
Researchers at Harvard University and Utrecht University expand ways to improve the selectivity of catalytic reactions.
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Predictive Modeling Yields Promising ‘Spin’ on Semiconductors for Quantum Technologies
Tweaking the symmetry and chemical composition of the easily altered halide perovskite crystals could lead to powerful new spintronic materials.
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MSU Scientists Featured in Novel, New DOE-Sponsored Climate Report
Bruno Basso and Phil Robertson led research into how the U.S. can best manage cropland soil to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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With Just a Little Electricity, MIT Researchers Boost Common Catalytic Reactions
Applying a small voltage to a catalyst can increase the rates of reactions used in petrochemical processing and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
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Science Highlights

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, $8.1 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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