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Congress Awards $80M Laser Energetics Funding to University of Rochester

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The House and the Senate have awarded $80M in total funding to the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics via the Congress-approved fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water bill.

The latest funding appropriation represents a $5M hike from FY 2018 LLE budget allocation, and is the largest that the laboratory has received to date, the university said Friday.

“This was a seminal moment in the 48-year history of the LLE and it is thanks to strong, bipartisan support from Congress that the LLE will continue to make significant contributions to the advancements of science, help enhance our national security and maintain our global competitiveness,” said Richard Feldman, the university’s president.

The university will use the funding to implement a five-year cooperative agreement between the LLE and the Department of Energy and provide support for the laser technology industry.

President Trump is expected to sign the FY 2019 Energy and Water bill, which also covers a $545M funding allocation for the Inertial Confinement Fusion initiative at the National Nuclear Security Administration.