Scientific stretch goals are among the hallmarks of the new operating contract at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
U.S. Department of Energy and Battelle representatives gathered Aug. 26 at PNNL to sign the document, which allows Battelle to continue managing PNNL through Sept. 30, 2007.
The new contract builds on performance-based contracting used by DOE for the past several years.
The pact includes three stretch goals-- or major projects-- in biological and environmental research, basic energy sciences and advanced scientific computing research.
"I believe the new contract is a truly wonderful opportunity for us to continue setting the benchmark for managing and operating a successful national laboratory," said Battelle Senior Vice President and PNNL Director Len Peters. Peters praised both DOE and Battelle representatives for their diligence in negotiating and finalizing the agreement.
Battelle has operated PNNL for DOE since 1965.