FY14 Laboratory-Directed Research and Development Call for Proposals - Message from Hugh Montgomery

FY14 Laboratory-Directed Research and Development Call for Proposals - Message from Hugh Montgomery

Feb. 7, 2013

An important element of the Strategic Plan recently released for Jefferson Lab is the implementation of a Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program here. We anticipate beginning such a program in FY14, and are hereby soliciting proposals for LDRD projects that would begin in October of 2013.

A full calendar for the FY2014 program, which provides deadline information and outlines the LDRD evaluation process, is posted on the new LDRD website (
). The due date for formal proposals is April 30. If desired, you may submit an optional Letter of Intent (LOI) outlining your plans no later than February 28, and we will provide feedback on it no later than March 15. In addition to the calendar, the LDRD website provides templates and instructions for both proposals and LOIs as well as a budget spreadsheet template and a Frequently Asked Questions section. The remainder of this note describes the LDRD program briefly. If you have further questions please contact either the Associate Director of your Division or the LDRD Program Manager (Larry Cardman;

The implementation of a Lab Directed Research and Development (LDRD) at JLab will enable the laboratory to respond to timely scientific and technological opportunities that also support the Department of Energy's (DOE) research and development mission. This program will be a critical tool for directing the Laboratory's forefront scientific research capabilities towards vital, excellent, and emerging scientific challenges. The program provides the resources for JLab scientists to make rapid and significant contributions to critical national science and technology problems of mission relevance to JLab and the DOE. LDRD also can advance the Laboratory's core scientific capability and permits seeding and exploration of exciting new opportunities.

Areas eligible for support will include:

- Advanced study of new hypotheses, new concepts, and innovative approaches to scientific or technical problems;

- Experiments directed towards "proof-of-principle" or early determination of the utility of new scientific ideas, technical concepts, or devices; and

- Conception and preliminary technical analysis of experimental facilities or devices.

Within these eligible research areas, the LDRD program is conducted with a scale of effort typically utilizing existing research facilities. The projects can be characterized as:

- Small-scale research and development activities or pilot projects;

- Bench-scale research projects; and

- Computer modeling, conceptual design and feasibility studies.

Consistent with DOE policy, funding cannot be used for construction line-item projects, maintenance projects, or general purpose equipment acquisition. Projects may not substitute for, or increase the budget of, projects or tasks already funded at JLab by DOE or other sponsors.

JLab's LDRD program will provide an opportunity to advance the Laboratory's mission as described in the recently-released JLab Strategic Plan. We anticipate that the FY14 Program will be at a modest level (~$0.75M total including overhead, subject to the realities of the final FY14 budgets). Proposals may request a single year of funding or up to three years, with an upper bound of $0.2M/year in direct funding. Proposers are encouraged to consider this in developing their proposals, and should consult with the cognizant Associate Director or Directors at a very early stage. Proposals that are cross-cutting, engaging and leveraging the core capabilities across multiple divisions are welcomed, and the relevant ADs each participate in the review of such proposals.

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