Funds for the Illinois Accelerator Research Center are provided by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. In addition to a direct contributions of federal funds, DOE will also fund Fermilab to refurbish an existing heavy industrial building to incorporate into the IARC complex.
Current plans call for the new building construction to begin in the summer of 2012. The project will bring immediate economic benefits to the residents of Kane and DuPage counties by creating approximately 80 construction jobs in Illinois. Federal funding for accelerator development at Fermilab will create or continue to support about 200 Illinois high-tech jobs. The number of new industrial jobs created in Illinois as a result of industrial accelerator development at IARC is potentially much larger.
The new building will be complete in approximately two years.
OHEP is developing an Accelerator Stewardship Plan for the Office of Science and a model for the Lab/Industry relationship, which will allow companies to work at the facility by either competing for grants or proposing projects that would be evaluated for merit.
The IARC Program is envisioned to start in 2014.
In addition, Fermilab envisions IARC projects funded via grants from SBIR/STTR, CRADA, DARPA, DTRA, ARPA-E, Illinois DCFO, private industry, etc. Interested companies are encouraged to submit Expressions of Interest.