Sandia National Labs FY20 LDRD Annual Report


LDRD PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Sandia is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) focused on developing and applying advanced science and engineering capabilities to mitigate national security threats. This is accomplished through the exceptional staff leading research at the Labs and partnering with academia and industry. Sandia’s LDRD program maintains the scientific and technical vitality of the Labs and enhances the Labs’ ability to address future national needs. The program funds foundational, leading-edge discretionary research projects that cultivate and utilize core science, technology, and engineering (ST&E) capabilities. Per Congressional intent (P.L. 101-510) and Department of Energy (DOE) guidance (DOE Order 413.2C, Chg 1), Sandia’s LDRD program is crucial to maintaining the nation’s scientific and technical vitality. LDRD PROGRAM OBJECTIVES Sandia’s LDRD objectives guide the program overall and align with DOE Order 413.2C and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) guidance. The Mission Agility and Technical Vitality objectives are supported by the Workforce Development objective, which is a critical element to affect, grow, and leverage the technical experts needed to execute R&D projects.

SANDIA’S LDRD PROGRAM STRUCTURE Sandia’s LDRD investments are structured around three Program Areas, which are further broken down into Investment Areas (IAs). Each IA is focused on discipline- or mission-based research priorities set by Sandia’s leadership. The LDRD program structure and the allocation of funds to the associated IAs are designed to align LDRD investments with Sandia strategy and future national security mission needs.



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