Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell has initiated the 2020 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program and released the call for proposals. Activities and deadlines specific to the Biosciences Area are included on this schedule; any changes and updates will be posted there.
For the FY2020 cycle, a first subset of proposals will be reviewed as Lab-wide initiatives and a second subset as Area initiative proposals. Multi-investigator and multi-divisional initiatives are particularly encouraged.
Briefly, the Lab-wide strategic priorities addressed by this call are (in alphabetical order):
- Beyond Moore’s Law
- Genetically Encoded COmposites (GECO)
- Machine Learning for Science
- Solid State Energy Storage
- Water-Energy Nexus
The Biosciences Area research foci are:
- Machine learning for biosciences
- Integration of computational and experimental approaches to predict and validate gene function and metabolism
- Characterization and manipulation to achieve predictive environmental interaction of organisms and communities across scales using fabricated ecosystems
- Electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM)
- C1 biomanufacturing
- Biodefense and biodetection
Eligibility to submit under the Early Career Development track is open to those who received their PhD no earlier than January 1, 2011. Current postdocs are encouraged to submit proposals and, if successfully funded, must have a scientific job title (research scientist or staff scientist) before the project starts.