On 4 August 2009, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $327 million in new funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for scientific research, infrastructure, and instrumentation projects. Approximately one-third ($107.5 million) will fund projects at universities, non-profits, and private firms, while the remaining $220 million will be spent at ten of DOE's national laboratories in six states.
The new projects focus on several topics, including advancement of civilian supercomputing, improvement of high-intensity light sources, integrated climate research, upgrading facilities and equipment at national labs and the DOE Bioenergy Research Centers, and new equipment for the DOE Joint Genome Institute. Biological science will get a boost at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which will receive funds for equipment and research. Included in the funding to the facility is $3.2 million to seed development of a computerized database for integrating masses of data flowing from DOE-supported genomics and systems biology research programs.
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