LDRD at Fermilab
Laboratory Directed Research and Development

A complete description can be found in the Annual LDRD Program Plan

A brief description can be found in the LDRD Information Session slides

Fermilab has instituted a Laboratory Directed Research and Development program as outlined by DOE Order O413.2C in order to support employee initiated proposals that are novel, cutting edge, and explore forefront areas of science and technology. The program will enhance the Laboratory's ability to carry out the mission of DOE and the Laboratory in areas that are outside current programmatic activities but are well-aligned with the strategic goals of the Laboratory.

The FY2018 Call for Proposals

Status: The Preliminary Proposals in response to the FY18 Call for Proposals are have been reviewed by the Selection Committee. Most of the 51 Preliminary Proposals received represent very good ideas. About a third of these have been invited to submit a Full Proposal due Dec 1.


  • Quick links for perspective Principle Investigators
    • Prliminary Proposal (template (.docx,pdf)
    • Full Proposal (template (.docx,pdf)
    • Budget Table template to be completed w/ Division Field Financial Manager(.xlsx)(now updated)
    • Evaluation criteria for full proposals (criteria)
    • Reporting requirements for end of project (instructions)
  • What LDRD can be used to support
    • Advanced study of hypothesis, concepts, and innovative approaches to scientific, technical, or computational problems
    • Experiments, theoretical studies, simulations, and analyses directed toward "proof of principle" or early determination of the utility of new scientific ideas, technical concepts, and devices or research tools
    • Concept creation and preliminary technical analyses of advanced, novel experimental facilities and devices or of facilities for computational science.
  • What LDRD is unable to support
    • R&D that is already part of programmatic activity / existing project
    • R&D that requires non-LDRD funds to complete