LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Michigan State University for a federal nuclear physics research facility.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan were making the announcement Thursday. A price tag for the project wasn't immediately available.

Michigan State University had been competing with Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois for the facility for rare isotope beams.

The project would involve technology to accelerate subatomic particles to high speeds and collide the resulting beams with fixed targets. The research related to energy and matter could be key to developments in medicine and national defense.

The project will add hundreds of jobs to the mid-Michigan area.