Affiliated laboratories

World-leading research and facilities

The University of Chicago is one of the country's leaders in scientific and technological innovation, in part through its management of two U.S. Department of Energy laboratories—Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab—and the world-renowned Marine Biological Laboratory. Partnerships among the labs and UChicago facilitate collaborative research in particle physics, quantum technology, materials science, and more.

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne scientists and engineers address the nation’s most important challenges in energy, the environment, and national security. UChicago has been the prime contractor for Argonne since the lab’s founding in 1946, as an outgrowth of the Manhattan Project, which achieved the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction.


At the world’s leading particle physics and accelerator laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory scientists work with international partners to solve the mysteries of matter, energy, space, and time. UChicago has served as co-contractor with the Universities Research Association for Fermilab since 2007.

Marine Biological Laboratory

Since 1888, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts has been pursuing scientific discovery by exploring biology, biodiversity, and the environment through research and education. In 2013, UChicago and MBL established a formal affiliation that built upon their long history of scientific collaboration.