Jefferson Lab Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD)

As planned and previously discussed, we will initiate an LDRD program this year.  The review process has been completed and proposals have been selected to be funded.

Eighteen proposals were received and reviewed by the Jefferson Lab LDRD Project Review team supplemented by subject matter experts.  In some cases, they sought advice from people outside the laboratory. Verbal presentations of the proposals were made and the committee discussed at length the merits of each proposal. They also considered the matching of the proposals to the strategic directions of the divisions and of the laboratory. Ultimately, of the eighteen, the selection committee classified nine proposals as good, four as excellent, and three as outstanding.

We have decided to fund the three outstanding proposals for a first year with a total of slightly less than $400k including overheads. Assuming that these FY14 winners would compete well with the second year proposals for FY15 funding, the level is such as to still allow us to make new awards next year within an overall envelope of $750k, thus giving us the prospect of a sustainable level of funding for the program.

The proposals we will fund are:

2013-LDRD-7    Christian Weiss    Physics potential of polarized light ions with EIC@JLab
       
2013-LDRD-12    Edward Nissen     Development of a Prototype for a Fast RF Kicker for the MEIC Electron Cooler
       
2013-LDRD-15    Jack McKisson    Physics, Wireless, Hand-Held Data Acquisition System for Imaging Detector

We look forward with great interest to the results of these projects and the boost they will give to long-term strategic directions of the laboratory.  We would also like to express our appreciation to all the proponents and those who helped them with the proposals. In several reviews during the late summer, when the status of the program was described, we received congratulations on the standards of the program.

Hugh Montgomery