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Overall responsibility for coordination, oversight, and administration of BNL's LDRD Program
resides with the Laboratory's Director. Day-to-day responsibilities regarding funding, oversight,
proposal evaluation, and report preparation have been delegated to the dedicated Scientific Director
(SD) for the LDRD Program who reports to the Assistant Laboratory Director for Policy and
Strategic Planning (PSP). The Office of the Assistant Laboratory Director for Finance (ALDF)
assists in the administration of the program. This includes administering the program budget,
establishing project accounts, maintaining summary reports, and providing reports of Program
activities to the DOE through the Brookhaven Site Office Manager.
At BNL, the DOE approved LDRD Program budget has been significantly increased over the past
ten years from $2.0 million to $15.5 million. This allows the Laboratory to prepare itself for work in
emerging areas of research.
The program consists of two categories of projects, Competed LDRDs and Strategic LDRDs
(S-LDRD), which when combined, meet the overall objectives of the LDRD Program.
Competed LDRDs - Proposals are solicited annually for review and approval concurrent with the
next fiscal year, October 1. An LDRD Selection Committee, comprised of the Associate Laboratory
Directors (ALD) for the Scientific Directorates, an equal number of scientists recommended by the
Brookhaven Council, plus the LDRD Scientific Director, and the Assistant Laboratory Director for
Policy and Planning, review the proposals submitted in response to the solicitation.
The competed LDRD category emphasizes innovative research concepts with limited management
filtering to encourage the creativity of individual researchers. The competition is open to all BNL
staff in programmatic, scientific, engineering, and technical support areas. Researchers submit their
project proposals through their respective chairperson and ALD to the LDRD Scientific Director.
Strategic LDRDs - A portion of the LDRD budget is held for the Strategic LDRD (S-LDRD)
category. These funds are used to establish and enhance initiatives that are consistent with
Laboratory priorities. Projects in this category focus on innovative R&D activities that are likely to
develop new programmatic areas within BNL's mission responsibilities and enhance the
Laboratory's science and technology base. The Laboratory Director entertains requests or
articulates the need for S-LDRD funds at any time.
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Newman, L. & Fox, K.J. Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program Assessment for FY 2007, report, December 31, 2007; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc894544/m1/4/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.