• Battelle has a substantial management role at seven national laboratories: six for the U.S. Department of Energy and one for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.These national laboratories deliver unmatched capabilities that drive scientific discovery, inspire innovation and solve what matters most.

    Our approach to laboratory management reflects our commitment to solving some of the greatest challenges of science and technology, operations, and community and stakeholder relationships. We leverage our management role with multiple laboratories through “Communities of Practice,” a learning practice that focuses on sharing best practices, implementing innovative business solutions, and developing future lab leadership through integrated talent management.

    As a contract manager of National Laboratories under the Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) governance model, Battelle emphasizes the value and relevance of these laboratories. We deliver measurable results in all three phases of the innovation process:

    • Discovery (fundamental research);
    • Development (applied technology or translational research); and
    • Deployment (realization of commercial impact at the broadest scale).  

    For examples of our instrumental role in translating scientific discovery into innovations with economic impact, view these case studies

    Laboratories managed by Battelle:

  • Mission: Perform basic and applied research at the frontiers of scientific discovery.

    Areas of Research: Nuclear and high-energy physics; physics and chemistry of materials; nanoscience; energy and environmental research; national security and nonproliferation; neurosciences and medical imaging; structural biology; and computational sciences.

  • Mission: Lead and integrate U.S. nuclear energy research, development, demonstration and deployment efforts; ensure the nation's energy security with safe, competitive and sustainable energy systems and unique national and homeland security capabilities. 

    Areas of Research: Nuclear science and engineering; nuclear reactor design, development, operations and safety; national security research and testing; development of sustainable energy and environmental solutions.

  • Mission: Ensure the nation’s safety and security through applied science and technology, including security of nuclear assets; international and domestic security; and energy and environmental security.

    Areas of Research: Bio-security, counterterrorism, defense, energy and environmental security, intelligence, nonproliferation, and weapons and complex integration.

  • Mission: Provide scientific basis for characterization of biological threats and bioforensic analysis to protect the American public.

    Areas of Research: Technical forensic analysis and interpretation of material recovered from biocrimes and biological attacks; culture and phenotypic characterization; polymerase chain reaction; antigen detection; nucleic acid sequencing; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; scanning or transmission electron microscopy; toxins and pathogens in risk groups 2, 3, and 4.

  • Mission: Develop renewable energy and energy efficiency technology and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovations to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.

    Areas of Research: Renewable fuels; renewable electricity; energy science; energy systems integration; strategic energy analysis; commercialization and technology transfer; and technology deployment.  

  • Mission: Conduct basic and applied research and development to provide solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.

    Areas of Research: Materials, neutron science, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security.

  • Mission: Transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. 

    Areas of Research: Strengthen U.S. scientific foundations for innovation; increase U.S. energy capacity; reduce dependence on imported oil; prevent and counter terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; reduce the environmental effects of human activities; and create sustainable systems.

Managing the National Labs

Bringing a holistic approach to lab management.