In 2007, Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA), a joint partnership of the University of Chicago and the Universities Research Association (URA), was selected to manage and operate Fermilab on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. From its founding in 1967, Fermilab has expanded humankind’s understanding of matter, energy, space and time, driven the development of cutting-edge technologies for scientific research, and trained the next generation of scientists. At Fermilab, thousands of scientists from universities and laboratories around the world collaborate to transform science and society.
FRA combines the finest scientific leadership with best management practices to support innovation and discovery at Fermilab that serves the national interest. URA and UChicago bring to the operation of Fermilab a combined 100-plus years of successful management and oversight of DOE laboratories.
UChicago provides intellectual synergies and direct investment in collaborative research, joint appointments, executive management training and other joint initiatives. Through URA’s Council of Presidents, 88 member universities are engaged in guiding the future of Fermilab and strengthening local, state and federal support for the lab’s mission.
FRA manages the laboratory through its Board of Directors, which consists of two dozen academic and industry leaders who guide the operation and scientific directions of Fermilab.
Fermilab serves as the U.S. hub for the nearly 1,000 scientists and engineers from U.S. universities and laboratories who work on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, one of two experiments that discovered the Higgs particle in July 2012.