Partnering for greater impact

At FRA, key connections foster innovation. FRA leverages its resources and relationships to promote Fermilab’s mission and to create scientific and economic growth. FRA garners support for the lab through its relationships with community, city, academic and business leaders, as well as by educating federal policymakers about the labs’ scientific advancements.

FRA’s federal relations officers work to support funding for the US Department of Energy Office of Science. The University of Chicago also placed a key role in securing significant support from the State of Illinois for Fermilab’s 42,000-square-foot Illinois Accelerator Research Center.

Boosting the State economy

From its founding in 1967, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) has had a significant impact on Chicago and Illinois. A U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory managed by the Fermi Research Alliance, a partnership of the University of Chicago and the Universities Research Association, Fermilab attracts visitors, funding, and jobs by seeking answers to the universe’s greatest mysteries, training the next generation of scientists, and pioneering innovative technologies.

In FY 2010, Fermilab:

  • Hosted 2,300 visiting researchers from 42 countries
  • Created 4,500+ jobs in Illinois—87 percent of which were in the eight-county Chicago region
  • Generated $196.6 million in income to Illinois households
  • Added $643 million in economic output to the Illinois economy

At the Illinois Accelerator Research Center scientists and engineers will collaborate with industrial partners on breakthroughs in accelerator science and translate them into applications for the nation’s health, wealth and security.