Berkeley Lab’s Biosciences Area is a leader in the advancement of biological science relevant to national-scale challenges in energy, environment, health, biomanufacturing, and technology development. Biosciences strives to align its strategic plan to these national scale challenges by outlining team science approaches to research in partnership with our sponsors, including the Department of Energy. The Biosciences’ 10-Year Scientific Strategic Plan (Biosciences Strategic Plan) describes the vision for a national future strengthened by biological research achievements, and provides guidance for biosciences research activities at Berkeley Lab.
These goals (energy, environment, health, biomanufacturing, and technology development) are supported by strategies that each have a collection of 5-year milestones to be used in assessing our progress toward the goal, as well as 10-year metrics to validate achievement of the goal. This approach of using diversified strategies is designed to enable Biosciences to meet the goals through many different routes, providing insurance that if one or more strategies fail, there are additional strategic routes to follow.
In 2018, Biosciences released a 5-Year Progress Report that measures progress towards meeting the 5-year milestones outlined in the BSP. The report describes the hard work of nearly 650 Biosciences staff in four main locations over a period of five years. Biosciences staff responsible for the implementation of the strategies (Strategy Leads) were asked to submit information from across the Area (and, in some cases, from the larger Berkeley Lab community) that described progress towards completion of those 5-year milestones. Strategy Leads were asked to assess the completion of milestones by determining if they were achieved to their satisfaction. Success was measured by factors including publications, active funding for research, and establishment of new research programs. The Strategy Leads also provided outlooks for future progress toward their 10-year metrics, as well as assessments of strengths and gaps of the associated research programs. These assessments will help Biosciences identify new program development opportunities and future strategic directions for the Area.