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LANL's Certifying Representative is

Sarrao John
Program Director

SC FY11 Early Career Research Program Solicitation

The Office of Science has just announced its FY11 Early Career Research Program. Scientists who received their Ph.D. no earlier than 2000 are eligible to apply in topical areas aligned with the mission of the Office of Science and the Laboratory.

This call is highly competitive. Last year ~1750 early career scientists submitted proposals and eventually 69 individuals won (including 5 from LANL, the highest number of winners of any institution). A panel of independent, external scientific experts selected the nationwide winners, of which only 22 were from DOE national labs.

This year’s process is somewhat different than last year's. A preproposal is required (due Friday, 8/13, 4:00 am EDT, yes 4:00 in the morning). Details are specified in the solicitation (pdf). The individual PI is responsible for this submission. If encouraged by Office of Science to a full proposal (feedback will be provided no later than 9/14/10), full proposals will be due November 9th.

There is a lifetime limit of 3 applications to this program. Importantly, a preproposal that is not encouraged to full proposal does NOT count as one of your three attempts.
Given the revised process, the Laboratory’s Office of Science Program Office will NOT do pre-screening/filtering of preproposal submissions. Nevertheless, we stand ready to help you write a competitive preproposal and we request that you submit your draft preproposal to us no later than COB 8/10/10 for our tracking purposes and for validation that your preproposal meets the requirements of the solicitation. On the other hand, deadlines and review criteria will be established during the full proposal phase for the subset of preproposals encouragd to write a full proposal consistent with the requirement of a letter of support from the Director for each submission.
We will host a townhall meeting on this solicitation on Monday, 7/12, to discuss the call (STC conference room, 3-32-134; 3:00 pm) and shortly, relevant information will be available at the Office of Science Program Office website: science.lanl.gov.
Please forward this message broadly to potentially eligible colleagues.
Thanks for your interest in Office of Science Programs; we look forward to working with all of you on another successful Early Career Research Program solicitation.

John Sarrao
Program Director, LANL Office of Science Programs

Material presented at July 12, 2010 Early Career Townhall (pdf)

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