FY15 LDRD Program: Call for Proposals

FY15 LDRD Program: Call for Proposals


An important element of the Strategic Plan recently released for Jefferson Lab is the implementation of a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program. The lab began such a program in FY14 and is soliciting proposals for additional LDRD projects that would begin in October 2014.

A draft calendar for the FY2015 program, which provides deadline information and outlines the LDRD evaluation process, is posted on the LDRD website (http://www.jlab.org/div_dept/ldrd/ ). 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 Feb. 28, and the lab will provide feedback no later than March 17. 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 LDRD Program Manager Larry Cardman; Cardman@jlab.org.

The Lab Directed Research and Development at JLab enables the lab to respond to timely scientific and technological opportunities that also support DOE's research and development mission. This program will be a critical tool for directing the lab'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 lab'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;
  • 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 lab's mission as described in the JLab Strategic Plan.  We are aiming at a sustainable program within an overall budget envelope of ~$0.75M (including overhead and including continuing support for two of the three projects launched in FY14).  The exact level will also be subject to the realities of the final FY15 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 AD(s) 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.