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Idaho National Laboratory overview of 'Lab Directed Research and Development' program

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm MST

Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) director of Institutional Planning and Programs, Mitchell Kerman, will provide an overview of INL’s Lab Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program, and the ways in which university researchers can take part, at 9 a.m. MT on Feb. 1.

INL uses its LDRD program to engage researchers, leadership and infrastructure stewards in converting the most innovative scientific and engineering ideas into discoveries, research capabilities, research and development programs, and deployed technology solutions.

Proposals that call for collaboration with Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) university researchers must be led and submitted by an INL employee. University representatives are encouraged to contact their INL colleagues to pursue such proposals. The deadline to submit for Fiscal Year ’23 funding via the LDRD program is Feb. 14. Kerman will brief attendees on the LDRD program and answer questions.

In the meantime, for more information about CAES university involvement in INL’s LDRD program, contact your associate director or CAES Innovation Adviser Michael Baskin (

Click here to attend the meeting on Feb. 1 at 9 am MT.
Call-in (audio only): (208) 901-7635
Meeting ID: 235 767 762#

The objectives of INL’s LDRD program are to:

  • Maintain INL’s scientific and technical vitality
  • Enhance INL’s ability to address current and future DOE missions
  • Foster creativity and stimulate exploration of forefront areas of S&T
  • Serve as a proving ground for new R&D concepts
  • Support high-risk, potentially high-value R&D.

The call seeks high-quality proposals that address INL’s research priorities in these areas:

  • Nuclear Reactor Sustainment and Expanded Deployment
  • Integrated Fuel Cycle Solutions
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Extreme Environments
  • Integrated Energy Systems
  • Secure and Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems

INL also welcomes proposals in support of INL’s two emerging core capabilities:

  • Chemical and Molecular Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science


In addition, INL encourage proposals that specifically address and establish INL’s leadership position in creating a carbon-free energy future.