Source: Donald DePaolo
Director Alivisatos recently issued the call for proposals for the
FY2014 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program. All
scientific staff from our Division are encouraged to think of potential
innovative proposal topics.
The Lab-initiative related proposals
address multi-divisional projects intended to initiate and/or develop
major new strategic directions in support of the high-level strategic
goals of the Lab (see call for more detail). If you plan on submitting
for the large scale, Lab-initiative proposals, you will need to first
discuss it with your program head. In addition, each strategic
submittal from ESD will require a written letter of support (addressed
to me) from the directors of any other divisions involved with the
proposal. Note that a multi-Divisional proposal is not necessarily a
"Labwide" initiative proposal, and does not need to be submitted as
The second group of proposals in FY 2014 will be for the Area LDRD
competition. As usual, the initial review and ranking of ESD proposals
will be done by the Division Council. The Deputy of Scientific
Programs will submit the Division Council rankings to me as Associate
Laboratory Director (ALD). The ALD and the Division Directors within
each Area will rank proposals within that Area, and then make
recommendations to the Deputy Laboratory Director and Laboratory
For the Energy and Environmental Sciences Area, the particular
research topics for which proposals are especially encouraged are: i)
Mesoscale science, ii) Sustainable chemistry and materials, iii)
integrated assessment of water-energy-climate interactions, iv)
technology for the developing world, v) Ultrafast science. The Energy
and Environmental Sciences Area may have workshops addressing each of
the above research topics. Please look for announcements.
funded by LDRD must meet applicable Berkeley Lab environment, health,
and safety requirements. A decision to fund a proposal identified as
multi-year does not create a commitment to provide funding in future
years. Proposals for continuation LDRD funding must also be submitted
and compete with new proposals. The expected durations for projects
started in FY14 is two years, a third year is available in outstanding
and exemplary circumstances.
If you are considering writing an LDRD
proposal, you must arrange for a preliminary review of your idea for a
proposal by your department and/or program head, Susan Hubbard, or me
so we can provide you preliminary feedback to help you decide if you
want to invest your time in writing a full proposal.
All proposals are due to Carol Valladao via electronic transmission on
or before Friday, March 8, 2013 before final upload on Monday, March
11. Please work with Carol well in advance to prepare your budgets.
Carol will enter all ESD proposals in the web-based submission system.
Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please feel free
to contact Carol at x5781.Please see the LDRD website for more
Thank you, Don