What does US-CERN funding support?

The vast majority of US funding for the US LHC program directly supports US scientists and US institutions. It enables the US research community to:

  • Perform research
  • Operate detectors
  • Maintain the computing infrastructure
  • Process data
  • Design and build detector and accelerator components
University of Tennessee postdoc Andrés Delannoy works on a detector component for the CMS experiment. (Image: CERN)


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Funding Agencies

The US-CERN research programs are supported by:

These two federal agencies are responsible for:

  • Developing a budget request based on US scientific priorities
  • Executing the Congressionally-approved budget through contracts, cooperation agreements and grants to US scientists and institutions.
  • Conducting regular project and grant reviews
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Dr. France A. Córdova, former Director of the National Science Foundation, visiting the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in 2016. (Image: CERN)


The US-CERN research program is developed by the US particle physics community during a planning exercise organized by the American Physical Society.

The resulting strategic plan can be executed over a 10 year timescale, in the context of a 20-year global vision for the field.

Funding process

The High Energy Physics budget requestwhich supports joint US CERN projects—is developed by the US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation with guidance from the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that produces periodic reports outlining funding priorities for US particle physics investments.

Congress considers the request through its Congressional appropriations process, and then allocates funding to the agencies.

The agencies, in turn, execute the request by distributing the allocated funds to the appropriate US institutions and scientists.