Fact Sheet: Inflation Reduction Act Supporting the Future of DOE Science

As part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, the Office of Science received an additional $1,550,000,000 in FY 2022 funding to accelerate ongoing facility upgrades and national laboratory infrastructure projects. These projects are setting the stage for accelerated scientific progress, while making our facilities more environmentally sustainable and better places to work.

Innovation to impact the future. The discoveries we make today will be the foundation of tomorrow’s technologies. To push forward and deliver more clean energy at a lower cost, we need to fund innovation now. The Office of Science is supporting that innovation. 

Upgrade our current facilities to continue to deliver clean energy solutions. The Office of Science user facilities provide researchers unique access to powerful scientific tools. These tools allow us to do things like find the next-generation of materials for batteries and solar panels. Keeping these tools on the cutting edge will allow us to continue to deliver solutions to huge problems.

Lessen the resource footprint of DOE facilities. IRA funding will be used to update current buildings, making them more energy efficient and reducing their carbon footprint.

Deliver more isotopes for a variety of uses. Isotopes are used in applications like medical research, diagnostic imaging, national security, and other research. IRA funds will allow us to deliver more isotopes, faster, to the people who need them.

Expand the capabilities of DOE’s light sources. The Office of Science light sources provide innovative tools to study a wide variety of subjects like photosynthesis, COVID-19, and new materials. IRA funding will deliver more of these capabilities, faster.

Continue to invest in high-performance computing to sustain American leadership. The Office of Science computing facilities offer researchers the ability to use the fastest computers in the world to visualize huge problems – like modeling climate systems.

Discover the secrets of the universe. LBNF-DUNE, currently under construction, will investigate neutrinos – the most abundant particles that have mass in the universe – which could answer some deep questions like “What are we made of?” and “How do space and time work?”

Office of Science IRA funding by laboratory:

*An additional $15.5 million will be distributed in January 2023.

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