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.
The construction of the OTE building is complete and the 1st and 3rd floors are in use. Outfitting of the 2nd floor office space is in progress. The new building construction project brought 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.
In addition to outfitting the OTE building, the HAB building is currently being refurbished to better accommodate the IARC mission. Phase I of this project is nearing completion with parts of the building in use. Phase II of the project is in progress.
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.
Multiple collaborative projects with industry have begun and the 1st industrial partners are in the OTE building.
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.