House Passes Hultgren Legislation to Spur Innovation in National Labs
Washington, DC — The U.S. House today passed H.R. 5907, the NIMBLE Act, without opposition. The legislation, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14), allows National Laboratories to more easily work with outside researchers by removing red tape in the Department of Energy approval process.
“Our National Laboratories like Fermilab in Batavia and Argonne in Lemont are a national treasure and the crown jewel in our research ecosystem. While our labs already do an excellent job building and maintaining the scientific infrastructure that no one business or university could facilitate, there is still more work to be done to allow more small businesses and other researchers access into the labs.
“My legislation is part of a bipartisan effort to open up our national labs to collaborate with more small businesses and be engines for national, regional and local economic growth. Many small businesses cite the time it takes to enter into agreements as a major barrier when working with the labs. People on the ground who know the labs best should have increased decision-making authority. By cutting red tape and giving more discretion to laboratory directors, the NIMBLE Act will speed up the process for new businesses bringing ground-breaking ideas to the market, as well as give more access to smaller businesses and start-ups.
“The private sector does not move at the pace of government, nor should we expect it to. This legislation will help our labs be a better partner with the innovation economy here in Illinois and throughout the nation.”