No. 42.000 Rev. 0

Scientific Research


Effective Date 06/30/09



The purpose of this policy is to express the fundamental intent and direction for scientific research activities, processes, and systems at Fermilab.



This policy applies to Fermilab Research Alliance, LLC (including all legal entities under its exclusive control) and all its employees, contractors, subcontractors, and Fermilab users.



Fermilab scientific research advances the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy. This research includes activities where the output is knowledge, information, data, or proof-of-concept, but not product or service design or development.

The Laboratory Director is responsible for all programs and delegates to the Associate Director of Research the day-to-day management of the Fermilab research activities required by the prime contract and to ensure compliance with all site management systems.

It is Fermilab’s policy to ensure successful collaboration by providing leadership and resources for qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of elementary particle physics and related disciplines.

Every experimenter and all support personnel are to recognize the human rights principle of Fermilab as the standard for the way we work together.

Further, Fermilab embraces the belief that integrity, responsibility, and accountability are part of the fabric of science. Thus, research activities are:

  • to be conducted according to the highest scientific and ethical standards.
  • to comply with all local, state, and federal regulations and DOE requirements that address the protection of the environment, public and personnel.