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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New research sheds light on how to access the sugars locked up in plants to produce petroleum-free fuels, chemicals, and medicines.
U.S. CMS Collaborators Receive Approval for Massive Detector Upgrade
DOE has formally approved the start of full production for the $200 million DOE-funded contributions to the upgrade of the CMS experiment at CERN.

University and Stakeholder News

Bringing Virtual Reality to Nuclear and Particle Physics
A VR tool developed by a UC Riverside graduate student promises to serve an important purpose in education and research.
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Emerging Field of Quantum Computing Advances at MSU Through $500K Department of Energy Grant
The research explores interdisciplinary programs for training students in the evolving technology of quantum computing and quantum information science
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Multitasking Microbes: UW–Madison Scientists Engineer Bacteria to Make Two Valuable Products from Plant Fiber
The team used genomic modeling to come up with a list of potential products that could be made from biomass aromatics, with zeaxanthin near the top.
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Advanced Computational Tool or Understanding Quantum Materials
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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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