A Guide to Federal Research for State Leaders

As a state whose motto proclaims proudly — Eureka! — our bounty of advanced research institutions is decidedly appropriate. And alongside academic powerhouses such as the University of California campuses, Stanford, and Caltech, we must also take pride in our unrivaled collection of Federal laboratories and research centers.

Discoveries by California’s Federal labs save lives, advance technology, and inspire possibilities. They take us deep inside the genetic code, pave paths towards our energy and national security, and launch us toward the stars. Moreover, Federal scientists study issues directly affecting Californians, armed with one-of-a-kind supercomputers, lasers, particle accelerators, and engineering foundries only a federally funded institution can sustain. They are an irreplaceable part of California’s innovation, intellectual, and information landscape.

California’s Federal labs are an independent, trusted source of information to all who work in science and technology, and they stand ready to assist and advise California’s leadership and agencies. Let this portal be your guide to the Federal research and expertise in the Golden State — and discover how our Federal labs can make California stronger with science.


About CCST

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988 to provide objective advice from California’s best scientists and research institutions on policy issues involving science. We respond to the Governor, the Legislature, and other State entities who request independent assessment of public policy issues affecting the State of California relating to science and technology.

As this independent science advisory institution serving the State of California, CCST operates in partnership with, as well as receives financial and mission support, from a network of public and private higher-education institutions and federally funded laboratories and science centers.

While CCST seeks out the best available technical expertise regardless of institution, this web portal serves to highlight the six federally funded institutions which have formal agreements and representation with CCST:

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Sandia National Laboratories-California (Sandia)
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA Ames Research Center (NASA Ames)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL)