The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) is among its top priorities. MSU officials say following this announcement that they are one step closer to securing this prestigious research facility.
RIA would be the world’s most powerful research accelerator and the practical applications could mean advances in medical technology, auto engineering and the disposal of nuclear waste.
The announcement from the DOE spotlights the two finalists for the research project – MSU and the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.
MSU officials do not know when a final decision will be reached. A university spokesperson said RIA would being more than 1,200 jobs and $1.9 billion dollars over a 20-year period to the state.