A Guide to Federal Research for State Leaders

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

Discoveries by California’s federal labs and research centers save lives, advance technology, and inspire possibilities. They take us deep inside the genetic code, support the foundations of 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, simulators, and engineering foundries only federally funded institutions can sustain. They are an integral part of California’s innovation, intellectual, and information landscape.

As Californians confront big challenges — climate change, clean energy, cybersecurity, resource scarcity, and international competitiveness — these labs and centers stand ready to help. Let this portal be your guide to the federal research and expertise in the Golden State — and discover how our federal labs and research centers can help 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 portal serves to highlight the federally funded institutions in California 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)

In 2018, CCST is welcoming an out-of-state member to the CCST Federal Laboratory Affiliates program for the first time — the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.