Berkeley Lab leadership encourages multi-Area LDRD proposals developing capabilities in general domains. The intent of this track is to encourage and support research initiatives that are being pursued across Areas and that incorporate one of the three topic areas:
Automation in the Acquisition and Management of Experimental Data (Self-Driving Labs)*
The Lab seeks proposals that investigate, develop, and use technologies to automate discovery science, including through the next generation of advanced instrumentation and user facilities/centers at Berkeley Lab. The proposals may approach this from:
- The fundamental stage: i.e., building out core level technologies and tools to assist with general lab automation
- The applied perspective: i.e., reimagining the application of lab automation tools to research
- A combination of the two
Data Science/Machine Learning to Accelerate Science*
The Lab seeks proposals that build on (and extend) innovative approaches to the management and use of datasets to extend our understanding of underlying science in areas of importance to Berkeley Lab. The proposals may approach this from:
- The fundamental stage: i.e., building out core level algorithms and methods to enhance data science, analysis, and machine learning
- The applied perspective: i.e., applying or re-engineering existing DS/ML methods and techniques to solve applied problems in novel ways
- A combination of the two
Instrumentation to Advance Fundamental and Applied Science
POC: Junko Yano
The Lab seeks proposals to develop innovative instrumentation in sensing, measurement, readout and data acquisition that will advance fundamental and/or applied scientific opportunities at Berkeley Lab. Multi-Area collaborations are encouraged in pursuit of:
- Advanced instrumentation to bring unique capabilities to bear on priority scientific research
- Needed investments in technical infrastructure in support of instrumentation
See Call for Proposals for additional information.
Project Requirements & Opportunities
- Proposals should have a lead Division/Area PI who will submit the proposal & are responsible for submitting a full budget for ALL participating Areas.
- Proposals need to undergo coordinated review with leadership from ALL involved Science Areas.
- Funding will be contributed by each PI’s/Co-PI’s home Area carve-out based on the technical contributions from each Area.
- Up to a maximum of $100K of total pre-site support funding will be contributed by the Directorate for a select number of Multi-Area projects (as determined by Lab leadership), with the possibility of more in very exceptional cases.