The Team

Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA) is a partnership between the University of Chicago and the Universities Research Association (URA).

University of Chicago

One of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, the University of Chicago has driven new ways of thinking since its 1890 founding. Today, the University is an intellectual destination that draws inspired scholars to its Hyde Park and international campuses, keeping the University at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world.

UChicago is also noteworthy for having been the sole operator of the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory since its charter in 1946, guiding the lab to its present position of research excellence. In 2007, the University continued its national laboratory stewardship role as co-manager of Fermilab with Universities Research Association, bringing decades of leadership and experience managing national laboratories. UChicago, in combination with Illinois’ five leading research universities, provides partnerships in academia, business and government to help shape and amplify the powerful science programs at Fermilab.

Universities Research Association, Inc.

URA is a consortium of leading research universities primarily in the United States, with members also in Canada, Japan, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The not-for-profit URA corporation was founded in 1965 for management and operation of research facilities in the national interest.

From 1967 to 2006, URA was the prime contractor to the US Department of Energy for the creation and operation of Fermilab. In 2007, URA partnered with the University of Chicago to form Fermi Research Alliance, LLC, which now holds the Fermilab contract. Through URA’s Council of University Presidents, 88 US universities are engaged in guiding the future of Fermilab. A total of six universities—in addition to the Illinois universities—are represented on the FRA Board. International science leaders also serve on the FRA Board, bringing connections critical to international collaboration. In addition, the Board includes leaders in industry and science, as well as corporate executives.

The University of Chicago

Universities Research Association, Inc.