Foster announces $60.2 in funding for Fermilab


Fermilab National Laboratory will receive $60.2 million dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding according to U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-14th District, of Geneva.

The money will be coming to Fermilab from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed in February of this year by President Barack Obama.

Fermilab stimulus funding in 2009
  • General Infrastructure projects: $25 million
  • Superconducting Radio Frequency Technology: $52.7 million
  • Long Baseline Neutrino Research: $9 million
  • High-Field Magnets: $1.5 million
  • NOvA funding: $14.9 million

Foster announced the funding Wednesday at Fermilab’s Industrial Center Building with Fermilab Director Pier Oddone and Mark Bollinger from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Foster said 125 jobs will be created in construction and infrastructure work from the stimulus funds going to Fermilab, many of which will go out to local companies for construction and building parts.

“This is a big victory for Fermilab and an even bigger victory for the 14th District,” Foster said.

Of the funds going to Fermilab, $52.7 million, will be used to research next-generation accelerations that use superconducting radio frequency technology, which provides a way to look at beams of particles with potential applications in medicine, energy and material science.

The remaining $7.5 million will be used for a preliminary design for a future neutrino project.

Foster said they expect funds to start rolling into Fermilab from the Department of Energy within the next few weeks.

Foster said the new funds should help keep the United States “beyond competitive” in competition in world science, while also creating many jobs.

Oddone said Fermilab is very fortunate to receive the stimulus funds.

“Our philosophy is not to create new jobs here at the lab, but to put funding out into the community,” Oddone said. Oddone continued by saying keeping up accelerators helps Fermilab stay vital in the world of science.

Bollinger said the funds will ensure the country’s scientific leadership for years to come.

Foster said this makes more than $95 million dollars Fermilab has received from stimulus funds, a number he said could be higher than they anticipated.

These new funds are part of more than $327 million announced by Energy Secretary Steven Chu for funding allocated from the Recovery Act to the DOE’s Office of Science.

Of those funds, $220 million will go to scientific research, instrumentation and laboratory infrastructure projects at DOE national laboratories.