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LDRD Program Overview 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 universities and companies. Sandia’s LDRD program aims to maintain the scientific and technical vitality of the Labs and to enhance the Labs’ ability to address future national security 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.



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