A U.S. Energy Department review concludes that Michigan State University is doing a good job managing and planning a $600 million federally funded physics research facility.
The East Lansing school won a national competition to host the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams in 2008, and design work is under way. But budget concerns have threatened funding for the coming fiscal year.
On Monday, the university announced that the Energy Department's Office of Science issued a report saying that the project is on track and plans are "technically sound."
Last week, the National Research Council issued a report saying timely completion of the project is a top U.S. science priority.
Backers estimate the project will create 5,000 construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs.