Sandia National Labs FY20 LDRD Annual Report


LDRD INVESTMENT AREA ROLES Research Foundations steward discipline-based science, technology, and engineering (ST&E) competencies that address the extensive national security challenges within Sandia’s mission space. Each of the seven Research Foundations focuses on stewarding differentiating or unique capabilities.

Mission Foundations address national security mission challenges. LDRD Mission Foundations align with the five Sandia mission portfolios and conduct the applied research needed to develop capabilities and demonstrate solutions.

Strategic Initiatives promote strategic collaborations and CRO/Labs-directed initiatives. Strategic Initiatives include Grand Challenges projects (developing bold solutions to address major research challenges that require large multidisciplinary teams), Mission Campaign IAs (bridging ST&E to move intentionally from idea to mission impact), Exploratory Express (executing short-term projects of strategic importance), and New Ideas (pioneering fundamental R&D to discover game-changing breakthroughs). These initiatives also support strategic academic collaborations, and the Truman and Jill Hruby, and Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships.



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