The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has its roots in the years just after the Second World War, when the government sought a new purpose for the sprawling laboratory system it had built for the Manhattan Project. At the time, these labs employed the finest scientific talent in the world. That distinction remains true today, though the mission has grown far beyond atomic energy and defense.
Now part of DOE, our 17 National Laboratories and supporting facilities make up one of the largest science research enterprises in the world. Far from being limited to energy, the National Labs unlock discoveries across the full spectrum of science, including particle physics, chemistry, materials science, genomics, and medicine. Many of these discoveries contribute to the development of new commercial products that improve American lives and energize our economy.