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

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Argonne Computing Research Wins Accolades
Scientists at DOE's Argonne National Laboratory were recognized for their achievements in high performance computing (HPC) with three HPCwire Awards.
Scientists Shed Light on the Inner Workings of a New Class of Unconventional Superconductors
A team of scientists from DOE's Ames National Lab and SLAC National Accelerator Lab has provided new data and analysis on infinite-layer nickelates.
Improving Climate Predictions by Unlocking the Secrets of Soil Microbes
Scientists are using the DNA from soil microbes to model how they function & use carbon, ultimately helping to advance the accuracy of climate models.
Artificially Intelligent Software Provides a Detailed Look at Jets of Plasma Used to Treat Cancer
The computer code predicts chemicals emitted by plasma devices, which can be used to treat cancer, promote healthy tissue growth & sterilize surfaces.

University and Stakeholder News

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Dark Energy Survey Uncovers Clues to Universe's Complexity
The decade-long effort reveals findings consistent with standard cosmological models, but open to more complex interpretations.
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N.C. A&T Professor Contributes to State of Climate Report, Efforts Addressing Climate Change
The report, released annually, is an international, peer-reviewed effort scientists use to inform communities & policymakers of the changes in climate
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Photochemistry and a New Catalyst Could Make Fertilizer More Sustainable
Georgia Tech engineers are working to make fertilizer more sustainable — from production to productive reuse of the runoff after application.
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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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Science Highlights

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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, $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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