A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research


Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, N.J., is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — ultra-hot, charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. The Laboratory is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the largest single supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit https://www.energy.gov/science.


Location: Princeton, NJ
Type: Single-program Laboratory
Contract Operator: Princeton University
Responsible Field Office: Princeton Site Office

Physical Assets:

90.7 acres and 30 buildings
766k GSF in Active Operational Buildings
Replacement Plant Value: $689M (total)

Human Capital:

• 495 Full Time Employees
• 6 Joint Faculty
• 21 Postdoctoral Researchers
• 48 Graduate Students
• 292 Facility Users
• 50 Visiting Scientists

FY 2017 Costs by Funding Source

(Cost Data in $M):
Lab Operating Costs: $101.07 million
DOE Costs: $99.74 million
SPP Costs: $1.33 million

For quick facts, core capabilities, and recent annual funding, please see the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science webpage.

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Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by Princeton University.

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