Department of Energy Announces $75 Million for High-Energy Physics Research

On June 4, the US Department of Energy announced grants of $75 million in funding for 66 university research awards. The projects involve scientists at 51 US institutions of higher learning, and include both experimental and theoretical research into topics like the Higgs boson, neutrinos, dark matter, dark energy and the search for new physics.

“Research in high-energy physics not only advances our understanding of the universe, but is also critical to maintaining American leadership in science,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “These research efforts—at dozens of universities across the nation—will not only yield fresh insights into such problems as dark matter and dark energy, but also help build and sustain the nation’s science and technology workforce.”

Projects include experimental work on neutrinos at DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (CSA CSM), the search for dark matter with the LZ (LUX-ZEPLIN) experiment one mile below the Black Hills of South Dakota, the analysis of observatory data relating to dark energy and the expansion of the universe and investigation of the Higgs boson from data collected at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Other projects are aimed at developing particle physics theory, advanced particle accelerator engineering and new detector technologies; all of which scientists will use in continued explorations of the subatomic world.

High-energy physics serves as a cornerstone of America’s science efforts. It plays a major role in nurturing top scientific talent and building and sustaining the nation’s scientific workforce. It also provides a deeper understanding of how our universe works at its most fundamental levels.

This year’s projects were selected by competitive peer review under the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics, sponsored by the Office of High Energy Physics within the DOE Office of Science.

Total funding is $75 million for projects lasting up to four years in duration. The list of projects and more information can be found here.