Research goals include:
1) A reliable determination of nuclear and hypernuclear few-body interactions to supplement experimental nuclear physics programs worldwide (such as the facility for rare isotope beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University), and to refine studies of extreme astrophysical environment (such as the equation of state of neutron stars).
2) Constraining the hadronic contributions to Standard Model and beyond-the-Standard Model processes, with an impact on both low-energy nuclear physics and high-energy particle physics research. The objectives are to remove some of the long-standing uncertainties in reactions such as those occurring in sun or in fusion research facilities, to constrain the cross section of various dark-matter candidates scattering off heavy nuclei as used in experiments, and to make predictions for the rate of exotic processes such as the neutrinoless double-beta decay.
3) Drawing a more precise picture of the internal structure of hadrons and nuclei to supplement and guide a worldwide experimental program, including those at Jefferson Laboratory and at the planned Electron-Ion Collier (EIC).