We pioneered the user facility model in 1946, enabling the research community to tackle science projects at a scale that no single institution could afford individually.


User facilities continue to thrive as the backbone of today’s national laboratory system, providing access to cutting edge facilities, enabling new technologies and pushing the boundaries of science. Today we continue our tradition of designing, building, and managing user facilities for several major observatories.

Our Research Divisions

Woodstar Labs

AUI Labs

Karl G. Janksy Very Large Array

Central Development Observatory

Green Bank Observatory

ALMA: Atacama Large Millimeter Submillimeter Array

NRAO: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

North American ALMA  Science Center

The Very Long Baseline Array

Research & Development

AUI Boldly Explores new funding mechanisms through AUI Ventures, incubates new technologies through AUI Labs, creates new technology at CDL, reimagines the promise of eLearning through the National Infrastructure Security and Resilience U (NISRU), and we secure cyberspace through Woodstar Labs.


Through seven decades of discovery, the research we manage has earned 6 Nobel prizes, created new disciplines of medicine and medical technology, revealed how planets are born, searched the cosmos for intelligent life, pioneered new forms of energy and transportation, recalibrated the way we measure the universe, tested Einstein’s predictions, and convened scientists from across the globe to collaborate for the enlightenment of humanity.

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