The Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program is a vital source of internally directed funding at SLAC. Each year SLAC directs up to 6% of the Laboratory’s total budget, in accordance with DOE Order 413.2C.
By allocating the resources for SLAC scientists to make rapid and significant contributions, the LDRD program contributes to scientific staff capability, vitality, and supports initial and exploratory work in forefront areas of science and technology. Ultimately, the LDRD program is a source of enrichment for SLAC’s core competencies and new areas of discovery.
LDRD project types
Project types eligible for support include:
Advanced study of new hypotheses, new concepts, and innovative approaches to scientific or technical problems
Experiments directed towards "proof-of-principle" or early determination of the utility of new scientific ideas, technical concepts, or devices
Conception and preliminary technical analysis of experimental facilities or devices
LDRD projects are typically conducted with a scale of effort that utilizes existing experimental facilities (i.e. bench-scale research and development) or computational facilities at SLAC or Stanford U. Consistent with DOE policy, LDRD awards cannot be used to co-fund new or existing research projects or for construction line-item, maintenance projects, or general purpose equipment acquisitions.