Accessing California’s Federal Labs

About the CCST Federal Laboratory Affiliates Program

In 2005, there was growing interest by state leaders to improve access to expertise found at federal laboratories and science centers across California, and engage them on issues affecting the Golden State.

The call for advice coincided with conversations and coordination already ongoing between CCST and several federal research institutions in California, and the CCST Federal Laboratory Affiliates program was created as a result. Of the six founding member institutions, four came from the U.S. Department of Energy: the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; and two came from NASA: the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Ames Research Center.

Connecting Federal Resources In and Beyond California

As the convenor for this California research network, CCST helps facilitate links across the capabilities and talents of these labs and centers. In turn, these ongoing relationships and dialog improve CCST’s ability to fulfill its mission to the State of California: responding to requests from State leaders in providing up-todate, evidence-based advice on policy issues related to science and technology.

The program has led to successful conversations and reports benefiting the State of California. Inspired by this success, and in seeking ways to further strengthen this network, in 2018 CCST is welcoming an out-of-state member to the CCST Federal Laboratory Affiliates program for the first time — the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.



Alongside academic powerhouses such as the University of California campuses, Stanford, and Caltech, Californians can take pride in our unrivaled collection of federal laboratories and research centers. CCST helps facilitate links across the capabilities and talents of these labs and centers through its Federal Laboratory Affiliates program — convening their expertise to deliver impartial science advice in response to the Governor, the Legislature, and other state entities. Learn more about the federal labs and science centers benefiting California at

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Updated: 2018.02.13