The FY22 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) process has now been initiated (see email from Director Witherell dated 12/14/2020). There will be Area-wide, Early Career, and Lab-wide Initiative tracks. Please see a description of these tracks in the call for proposals and the FY22 Bioscience Area priorities.
Candidates at all levels of their career are encouraged to apply for LDRD funding. The highest ranking proposal submitted by an Early Career researcher (i.e., PhD received no earlier than January 1, 2013) will be recommended for funding as the Area’s selection for the Early Career track. See these tips for Early Career LDRD presentations.
This is a highly competitive process. Therefore, we are seeking high-quality and high-impact proposals. An important consideration for LDRD submissions are opportunities for synergy, building new capabilities/areas of research, potential for future funding, and for Area proposals, as well as linkage to the Biosciences Strategic Plan or the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Multidisciplinary Research Strategic Plan.
See this document, which describes the process for development and review of LDRD proposals. Please contact Nikki Humphreys or your Division/Facility Director if you have questions prior to your submission of a pre-proposal.
To help demystify the LDRD process, Area leadership held an LDRD Town Hall open to all Area researchers on December 18. Watch the video (passcode: GN1VCHP).