User Facilities Enabling Science

Empowering an international community of scientists with the most advanced technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science oversees the construction and operation of some of the nation’s most advanced research and development user facilities, located at national laboratories and universities. These state-of-the-art facilities are shared with the science community worldwide and offer some technologies and instrumentation that are available nowhere else. Several of these facilities offer capabilities that are transformational for research in areas directly related to advancing DOE-BER mission science.  These include the synchrotron x-ray light and neutron sources for structural biology and imaging.  DOE-BER supports specialized instrumentation on five of the DOE national user facilities and information on them, including capabilities, and guidelines for submitting proposals for access them are given in the links to the individual centers found below.

Presented below and on the corresponding pages are descriptions of the BER-supported user facilities and instruments that scientists leverage for biological research, including that relevant to the DOE-BER mission.


Advanced Light Source (ALS)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Advanced Photon Source (APS)
Argonne National Laboratory

National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS II)
Brookhaven National Laboratory