JSA Announces $500k Initiatives Fund Program Awards for FY22

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, awards more than half-million dollars to support Jefferson Lab programs and activities

WASHINGTON, DC – Jefferson Sciences Associates (JSA) has announced the award of more than $500,000 through its JSA Initiatives Fund Program. The program supports projects by staff and scientific users at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Many awards leverage matching funds, and taken together, the program and matching awards total nearly $1 million. The wide range of projects are related to education, outreach and career development in support of the lab’s mission.

Jefferson Lab is a world-leading nuclear physics research facility in Newport News, Va. More than 1,600 scientists from around the world use the lab’s unique particle accelerator to conduct experiments to expand our understanding of the visible universe.

JSA manages and operates Jefferson Lab for DOE’s Office of Science. JSA provides the JSA Initiatives Fund Program annually, so that Jefferson Lab and its scientific users may engage more effectively in educational, scientific, technical and outreach activities. These activities contribute to the lab’s overall ability to accomplish its mission.

“JSA’s investment in the Initiatives Fund Program is important to the lab and the scientific user community. The program directly impacts the education and training of the next generation of scientists through fellowships, postdoc research grants, and K-12 projects,” said Jefferson Lab Director Stuart Henderson.

Program awards may be made to Jefferson Lab employees or members of the Jefferson Lab Users Organization. JLUO members are the scientific users who conduct their research at the lab.

“The JSA Initiatives Fund Program continues to provide the Jefferson Lab user community with resources to help advance the science of the lab. The fellowships and research grants supported by the program enable students to continue their educational pursuit in nuclear physics as they spend time with Jefferson Lab mentors on their research projects, said Edward Brash, current chair of the JLUO Board of Directors.

The new awards total $500,130 and fund 30 projects. About 65% of the award funds support education and outreach programs and activities at Jefferson Lab. The remaining funds support meetings, workshops and conferences, as well as other laboratory programs and activities. In addition, matching funds totaling more than $450,000 are associated with the new awards. A complete list of awarded projects can be found here: http://www.jsallc.org/IF/IFProjects.html.

Since 2006, the JSA Initiatives Fund Program has supported more than 400 projects. The JSA funds support programs, initiatives and activities that further the scientific outreach, and promote the science, education and technology missions of Jefferson Lab in ways that complement its basic and applied research focus. Program funds also support activities of the laboratory’s extended user community.

The program is managed and administered by the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), a consortium of 60 leading universities. Funding decisions are made by individuals from JSA, Jefferson Lab, SURA, and the Jefferson Lab scientific user community.

Contact: Elizabeth Lawson, JSA Initiatives Fund Program Manager, 202-408-2410, elawson@sura.org

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Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit https://energy.gov/science.