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FY2016 LDRD Project Awards

$25.3M was allotted to 84 projects from 179 proposals; 44 are new and 40 are continuation projects. Major initiatives focus on energy science and technology applications, novel computing technologies, or mechanistic understanding of multi-scale interactions among molecules, microbes, plants, metazoans, the abiotic environment, and their feedbacks. More>

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Lab Launches New Projects for Grid Modernization

Energy Secretary Moniz announced up to $220 million for 88 new projects across 14 National Lab to deliver new grid concepts, tools and technologies to support the nation’s effort to modernize the power grid. Berkeley Lab will lead two local efforts and assist other labs. More>

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Lab Group to Lead Team Developing $13 Million Microgrid Project

The Grid Integration Group (Energy Technologies Area) has been awarded a grant for a “Modular, Secure, and Replicable Microgrid Control System for Generation and Storage Management at Military Installations” at Fort Hunter Liggett by the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. More>

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Two Lab Projects Awarded ARPA-E Funding

Two Cyclotron Road projects — one on thermionic energy conversion in collaboration with the Materials Sciences Division and one on green buildings in collaboration with the Energy Technologies Area — were among 41 “transformational energy technology projects” awarded a total of $125 million by ARPA-E. More>

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Legacy of ARRA Funding for Lab Research and Facilities is Vast

The Lab received $334 million and used the funds for such things as the demolition of the Bevatron, creating the BELLA advanced laser plasma accelerator, and constructing the ALS User Support Building (pictured). The jobs created and retained by the Lab and its contractors totaled 2,017. More>

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New Research Institute Will Explore Brain’s Extraordinary Changeability

The Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience, based at UC San Francisco, will focus on gaining a deeper understanding of plasticity, the brain’s remarkable capacity to modify its own structure and function. The institute’s initial members have been drawn from UC Berkeley as well as Berkeley Lab and Livermore Lab. More>

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Lab to Investigate Link Between Thirdhand Smoke and Cancer

Researchers have been awarded $1.3 million for two sets of studies to better understand the health impacts of thirdhand smoke, the noxious residue that clings to virtually all indoor surfaces long after the secondhand smoke from a cigarette has cleared out. More>

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Computing’s CAMERA Program Receives $10.5 Million DOE Grant

The Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) — led by James Sethian — develops fundamental mathematics and algorithms, delivered as data analysis software that can accelerate scientific discovery. Originally focused on the ALS and Foundry this new funding will help make CAMERA into national DOE resource. More>

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Small Business Invited to Participate in National Lab Voucher Pilot

As part of EERE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, the pilot aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to the market faster by enabling them to access expertise and specialized equipment at DOE’s national labs. More>

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ARPA-E Grants for Solar Technologies Announced at Clean Energy Summit

Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and Noah Bronstein (Materials Sciences) were part of a multi-institutional team that will receive a $3 million grant for the development of a micro-optical tandem luminescent solar concentrator. More>

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