The FY17 portfolio was carefully structured to promote the Program’s vigorous strategic vision and the long-term goals of DOE, NNSA, and Livermore.
The projects in the present annual report underwent stringent peer-review selection and continuous management oversight. In FY17, the LDRD Program funded 215 projects, for a total allocation of $92.5M.
The distribution of funding among the project categories is shown in the following pie chart.
Ten SI projects were funded in FY17. Although SIs represented ~5% of the total number of LDRD projects for the year, they claimed ~20% of the budget. Individual SI projects received funding between $1.4M and $2.4M, with average funding of $1.9M.
In FY17, 154 ER projects constituted 71% of LDRD projects and almost 71% of the budget, making this category the largest in the portfolio. This year, ER projects funded for the full year received between $147K and $1.6M, with an average of about $427K.
Twenty-three LW projects were funded in 2017, representing 11% of the projects for the year and 7% of the budget. Individual LW projects that received full-year funding received between $100K and $275K, with an average of about $257K.
The Program funded 28 feasibility studies in FY17, accounting for 13% of all LDRD projects and 2% of the budget. Individual studies funded for the full year received between $126K and $165K, with an average of about $150K.
The following bar chart shows the distribution of funding by dollar amount, rounded to the nearest $1K increment, for all projects. About 15% of the projects received less than $100K, while 18% received $100K–$250K. The largest cluster (38%) was in the $250K–$500K range. Projects in the $500K–$1M range accounted for 23% of the total; 6% received more than $1M. The average funding level was about $430K.
The following chart breaks down the number of projects in each field of research and their percentage of LDRD funding. The three largest categories (advanced materials and manufacturing; high-performance computing, simulation, and data science; and lasers and optical science and technology) each garnered 15% of overall funding, with 34, 26, and 23 projects, respectively. The smallest category was inertial-fusion science and technology, with four projects claiming 1% of overall funding.