Jefferson Lab Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD)

Jefferson Lab Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD)

This year marks the third year of Jefferson Lab’s LDRD program.  It also marks the completion of the three projects that initiated the program in FY2014 as well as two additional projects begun in FY2015.  There continues to be strong interest in LDRD as this year’s submissions included seven new proposals and a request for the continuation/conclusion of a project that was initiated last October and anticipated continuation into FY2016.  The review process has been completed and proposals have been selected to be funded.

The eight proposals were reviewed by the JLab LDRD Project Review team supplemented as appropriate by subject matter experts.  In some cases, the Project Review Team 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.  In reviewing the projects, the team considered each project’s potential impact on the lab, the likelihood that it would achieve its goals, its prospects for attracting future funding, its strategic value to the lab, and its level of innovation.  The “continuation” proposal (for a project started in FY2015) was treated on equal footing with the proposals for new projects.  Ultimately of the eight proposals considered, the selection committee classified two proposals as outstanding, one as excellent, and two as good, two as weak and one as not suitable for LDRD funding.

We have decided to fund both of the proposals that were judged to be outstanding and the proposal judged to be excellent.  Included in that group is a project that began last year on MEIC accelerator physics issues, a new proposal related to MEIC accelerator physics issues, and a new proposal related to the science driving MEIC.  The total funding for all three projects essentially exhausts the funds available for LDRD in FY2016, but the implications for next year are lower;  the two projects that plan to continue into FY2017 would use less than half the LDRD funding anticipated to be available in FY2017.  This will allow us to have a robust LDRD program with new projects within the total funding envelope for the program.

The proposals we will fund this year are:

Proposal #

Submitted By


Continuation of Project Begun in FY15


He Zhang

Enhancing Simulation Capability for Electron Cooling in MEIC Project

New Projects to be Started in FY16


Riad Suleiman and Matt Poelker

Generation and Characterization of Magnetized Bunched Electron Beam from DC Photogun for MEIC Cooler (Revised)


Christian Weiss

Nuclear gluons with charm at EIC

In sum, we are delighted with the progress that was made on the LDRD projects over the last two years, and look forward with great interest to the results of all three of the FY2016 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.