LIVERMORE — In its five years of existence, the Livermore Lab Foundation (LLF) has not only funded research projects and scholarships for future scientists, but also has become a model for similar charitable organizations taking root across the nation.

Now, the Department of Energy (DOE) could possibly establish its own foundation, if the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act is passed and signed into law. LLF Executive Director Sally Allen said this national conversation is similar to the one Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) supporters held years ago when they saw a need for a separate charitable nonprofit. Other similar foundations have since followed their blueprint.