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PNNL Fast Facts, Fiscal Year 2016


scientists, engineers, and professionals

$920 Million in R&D expenditures for FY2016

Sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and other federal, state and local agencies. Key partnerships include scientists, engineers, and other professionals within academia, other national laboratories, and industry.



peer-reviewed, published articles (FY2016)

According to essential Science Indicators ranking among 1% of research institutions in publications and citations in (FY2016:)

  • Geosciences
  • Materials Science
  • Microbilogy
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology Physics
  • Plant & Animal Science
  • Biology and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Environment and ecology


104 in FY16

U.S. and foreign since 1965

Payroll and Taxes

$434.5 Million

Approximate gross payroll

Various state and federal payroll taxes paid amounted to more than $33.3 Million

FY2016 Awards Include

  • 2 Federal Laboratory Consortium awards for technology transfer in FY16, a total of 83 awards since 1984.
  • 5 R&D 100 Awards in FY15, a total of 98 since we began submitting entries in 1969.
  • 1 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 1 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 1 Fellow, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • 2 members, Washington State Academy of Sciences
  • 1 Fellow, Association of Energy Engineers
  • 1 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
  • 1 Fellow, Waste Management Symposia
  • 1 invited to speak at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Team recognized with the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics from the Breakthrough Foundation
  • 1 co-author, National Academy of Sciences report
  • 1 appointed, National Academy of Engineering committee
  • 1 early career invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
  • 1 appointed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA Science Advisory Board and appointed a National Research Council National Associate
  • Team recognized with the DOE Secretary's Honor Award

Purchased Goods and Services

$314 Million

Battelle Community Involvement

  • Invested nearly $520,000 in area philanthropic and civic organizations (FY2015)
  • Since 1965, Battelle has invested more than $26 Million to improve science, education and quality of life in the Tri-Cities, Wash. community
  • Invested $106,000 (FY2015) in Richland, Wash. Delta High School, a STEM- (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focused school; total estimated support since 2007, including cash and in-kind support, is estimated at $4.4 Million
  • Through Team Battelle, our staff volunteer program, employees volunteered 43,340 hours for 56 local organizations in (FY2015)
  • Over the past ten years, PNNL staff have volunteered more than 254,000 hours to community projects


Economic Development

  • 179 businesses with roots to Battelle, operator of the Laboratory, and PNNL technology or personnel; 3,701 total employees; for Washington state this represents 2,293 jobs.
  • Since 1994, completed about 1,250 technology assistance projects with approximately 69% of them supporting Washington-based companies, resulting in product or service improvements and increased revenues for these companies

Economic Impact

In addition to its scientific and technological advances, PNNL and its operator, Battelle, are also one of Washington state's most important economic contributors. The Economic Impact of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the State of Washington in Fiscal Year 2015 report lists several economic indicators including: PNNL's funding and total spending, jobs, wages, purchased goods and services, health care, visitor spending, spinoff companies, STEM support and corporate charitable contributions, as well as the economic impact of PNNL operations.

Details can be found in the full report or the 2-page flier.

Note: Report statistics are from FY15, so they may differ slightly from those on this FY16 Fast Facts webpage.

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