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Hochul announces $100M for Brookhaven Lab’s electron-ion collider project

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Governor Kathy Hochul has unveiled a $100 million investment by Empire State Development in the Electron-Ion Collider project at Brookhaven National Laboratory, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. This marks a significant step towards establishing the world’s only next-generation Electron-Ion Collider in Long Island, aiming to drive major scientific breakthroughs. The funding agreement signals New York State’s commitment to enhancing its role as a hub for innovation and high-tech industry growth.

The Electron-Ion Collider, expected to be a cornerstone for discoveries in energy, science, technology, and medicine, will benefit from nearly $3 billion in combined state and federal investments. The project, anticipated to span until 2033, includes the construction and equipment installation for the collider’s initial buildings, with the scientific and technical efforts supported by the Department of Energy. This initiative underscores the state’s dedication to advancing scientific knowledge and economic development.

This investment aligns with Governor Hochul’s broader agenda to foster a 21st-century economy in New York, emphasizing support for high-growth industries and job creation. The Electron-Ion Collider project, with its potential for significant impacts beyond nuclear physics, represents a pivotal moment for New York’s leadership in global scientific research and innovation, promising to attract top talent and spur economic growth across the region.