The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL or LBL), commonly referred to as Berkeley Lab,
is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of
Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California and is
charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located
on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular views of the
San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and
students. Its budget for FY 2015 was $790 million.
Berkeley Lab has 20 scientific divisions, organized within six areas of research: Computing
Sciences, Physical Sciences, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Biosciences, Energy Sciences, and
Energy Technologies. It is also the lead partner in the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI).
Since the Lab's founding, 12 of its researchers have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Berkeley Lab is the home
of numerous scientific accomplishments, inventions, and discoveries. One study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct,
indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be
nearly $700 million annually.