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It's not in record or software stores—but this CD may be a valuable addition to many collections. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a CD-ROM featuring its research and developments in environmental technology.

From natural resource management to cleaning up the Chornobyl nuclear plant, the CD-ROM reviews the environmental challenges being tackled by Pacific Northwest researchers and engineers. Featuring movie clips, photographs and background text, the CD-ROM is a virtual tour for anyone interested in learning more about the Laboratory's capabilities and how it is providing environmental solutions for government and industry. To request a copy, contact Mark Hanson at 509-375-6812 or

You've got funding!

Free service makes finding federal funding easier

A no-cost service offered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory consolidates and delivers news about available federal funding right to peoples' desktops. The service helps small businesses nationwide by eliminating the burdensome task of searching for funding available under the government's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program.

Each year, 10 federal agencies set aside 2.5 percent of their annual budgets to fund hundreds of competitive research and development proposals submitted by small businesses. Each agency administers its own selection process and funds individual projects on separate timetables.

To eliminate the time-consuming and confusing task of finding funding opportunities, Pacific Northwest researchers created the SBIR Alerting Service. The service evolved from Pacific Northwest's commitment to make federally funded technology resources available to the privatesector, including small businesses and entrepreneurs.

A staff member regularly searches several dozen web sites, consolidates the most useful, current information and sends announcements to sub-scribers by e-mail or fax. Past alert notifications appear on a web site and can be searched by key word. Subscribers also use the service to learn about upcoming workshops and conferences and to get tips on writing proposals.

More than 700 people subscribe to the service and many forward the alerts to their colleagues and customers. Since being created in 1997, the timely notifications have paid off for more than 40 subscribers who won grants or contracts after seeing them offered in the electronic alerts.

"Based on information from the alerting service, we bid on and have won several Phase I and Phase II projects, and more are pending," said Patricia Irving, president of InnovaTek, a small high-tech business. "Before the service, we missed an important solicitation because they didn't release it when they expected to. Now, we know we'll get an alert when we need to pay attention. In a small business, you can't afford to waste time."

In 1999, the service won the National Partnership for Reinventing Government Award from Vice President Al Gore for streamlining government and improving customer service. Subscribe to the alerting service at

This story written by Andrea McMakin of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Pacific Northwest earns lead in key environmental research projects

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In September, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the lead role on seven projects in the Environmental Management Science Program (EMSP) to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The projects in this program focus on finding solutions for the nation's most complex environmental challenges. This year, universities and national laboratories competed for a total of 31 projects totaling $25 million. Half of the funding was available for research at national laboratories.

In addition to leading seven EMSP projects in the next year, Pacific Northwest will collaborate on nine others. All sixteen projects, totaling $7.5 million, focus on learning more about groundwater and contaminant movement below the land surface where waste was once released. For example, researchers will study what influences the movement of radionuclides and metals so improved predictions and more effective cleanup technologies are developed.

Battelle on team to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Map of the U.S. with National Labs Operated by Battelle Marked

The U.S. Department of Energy selected UT-Battelle, a limited liability company comprising the University of Tennessee and Battelle, to manage and operate its Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

The decision to award the five-year, $2.5-million contract to the UT-Battelle team was made in October. Bill Madia, the laboratory director at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1994, will serve as president and CEO of UT-Battelle as well as laboratory director for Oak Ridge. Adrian Roberts will serve as the interim laboratory director for Pacific Northwest until a permanent replacement is selected.

Battelle has managed and operated Pacific Northwest in Richland, Wash., since 1965. It is also part of the teams that were awarded the management contracts for Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York in 1997 and National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado in 1998.

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