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Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD)
Initiatives & Research Priorities

Areas of focus for the AMCFY18 SRNL LDRD Focus Areas:

SRNL's LDRD program funds initiatives and research priorities that support the SRNL Strategic and Institutional Plan as well as our four principal business areas of Environmental Stewardship, Nuclear Materials Management, National Security, and Secure Energy Manufacturing. In addition, projects that maintain and grow our core competencies are also sought. The FY18 call for proposals focused on three emerging, cross-cutting competencies – advanced imaging, process intensification, and cyber security. The focus of each of the four business units is detailed below.

Environmental Stewardship
Unique concepts that lead to new approaches and options for critical EM risk reduction challenges. Concepts should aim to reduce lifecycle schedule and costs in processing high activity liquid waste and nuclear materials, remediating contaminated soil, groundwater and facilities, as well as validating long-term remediation strategies.

Nuclear Materials Management
Unique concepts that lead to new approaches and options with the potential to accelerate safe disposition of nuclear materials from around SRS, the DOE Complex, and the World.

Secure Energy Manufacturing
Proposals submitted in this area should advance research in development, demonstration, and deployment of clean energy technologies and clean energy manufacturing, as well as enhance associated development and commercialization of intellectual property. Innovative technologies to assure the future utilization of clean, reliable energy, which dramatically improve the energy efficiency of industrial, manufacturing, transportation, and/or building technologies and strengthen SRNL’s Core Competencies are sought.

National Security – Nuclear Defense Programs, Nuclear Nonproliferation/Forensics & Nuclear Intelligence
Unique concepts that address national security mission area needs that are currently underserved by the DOE Lab system. Game-changing innovations and tools that advance the national security agenda for the US Government, including monitoring, nonproliferation, attribution and deterrence.

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