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PNNL Fast Facts, Fiscal Year 2015

For more than 50 years—proudly operated by Battelle

Business Volume, Employment, and Sponsors

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  • $955 million at the end of our 2015 fiscal year in September in R&D expenditures
  • 4,400+ scientists, engineers and professionals
  • Sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy; other federal, state and local agencies; universities; and industry sponsors.


  • 78 in FY15, 2,410 U.S. and foreign since 1965

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Peer-reviewed publications
  • 1,048 peer-reviewed, published articles (FY2015)
  • According to Essential Science Indicators rankings among top 1% of research institutions in publications and citations in (FY2013):
    • Biology and Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Engineering
    • Environment and Ecology
    • Geosciences
    • Materials Science
    • Microbiology
    • Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Physics

FY2015 Awards Include

  • 2 Federal Laboratory Consortium awards for technology transfer in FY15, a total of 81 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 Nuclear Society
  • 1 Fellow, Electrochemical Society
  • 1 Fellow, Materials Research Society
  • 3 members of the Washington State Academy of Sciences
  • 1 appointee to a National Academies committee
  • 1 appointee to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response/Centers for Disease Control
  • 1 recipient of the American Chemical Society Chemical Instrumentation Award
  • 1 awarded an inaugural American Geophysical Union Ambassador (First year presented, given to a maximum of five members)
  • 1 awarded the American Society for Testing & Materials Award of Merit
  • 2 invited to participate in the Kavli Foundation/National Academy of Science symposiums

Payroll and Taxes

  • Gross payroll, approximately $412 million
  • Various state and federal payroll taxes paid amounted to more than $32 million

Purchased Goods and Services

  • $339 million

Economic Development

  • More than 170 businesses with roots to Battelle, operator of the Laboratory, and PNNL technology or personnel; for the Tri-Cities, Washington area, this currently represents approximately 4,672 direct and indirect jobs.
  • Since 1994, completed about 1,205 technology assistance projects with approximately 68% of them supporting Washington-based companies, resulting in product or service improvements and increased revenues for these companies

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 Impact

$1.45 billion total economic output supported by PNNL-related health care, spinoff companies, visitors and retirees in Washington state, 6,225 total jobs generated in FY15. More details can be found in the full report or in our Economic Engine flyer. Note: Report statistics are from FY13, so they may differ slightly from those on this FY14 Business Facts webpage.


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