Long-term Impact

Highlighting impact indicators that span multiple years

Impact of LDRD investments

The LDRD program is an investment in our nation’s future, ensuring mission support that is often realized many years after an LDRD-funded project concludes. Recognizing this long-term impact of the LDRD program, we believe it is important to highlight indicators that span multiple years, demonstrating the true impact of LDRD as a national asset. 

We collaborated with our colleagues from LDRD programs at other NNSA institutions to identify ways that we could best represent the long-term impact of LDRD investments. This section highlights the longer-term (>5 year) impact of LDRD as a national asset. These performance indicators will be updated annually. As it is expected that the data may vary from year to year, long-term running totals will also be included and updated every 5 years.

Professional Fellows (American Physical Society)

One relevant indicator of advancement and leadership in a ST&E field is the election of individuals as fellows of professional societies. This indicator reflects success for both the individual researchers and the laboratories as a whole. American Physical Society (APS) Fellows were selected as the exemplar due to the important linkage of physicists with NNSA’s core stockpile stewardship mission. Furthermore, APS Fellowship is awarded based on scientific merit and impact over an extended period of time. (In contrast, some professional societies may also award fellow status based on service to the society.)

History of APS Fellows at LANL, LLNL, and SNL

 

 

 

Single-Year Statistics

Multi-Year Statistics

FY18

FY19

FY20

FY11-15

FY16-20

Total awards

9

13

10

75

61

Awards with LDRD roots

9

11

9

68

57

% with LDRD roots

100%

85%

90%

91%

93%

History of R&D 100 Awards at LANL, LLNL, and SNL

Another relevant indicator of advancement and leadership in a ST&E field is R&D 100 Awards. The prestigious “Oscars of Invention” honor the latest and best innovations and identify the top technology products of the past year. Each site’s LDRD Program Offices engage in an extensive process to uncover the details of how the LDRD work led to the celebrated invention.

 

 

 

Single-Year Statistics

Multi-Year Statistics

FY18

FY19

FY20

FY11-15

FY16-20

Total awards

13

21

16

54

86

Awards with LDRD roots

8

11

10

35

26

% with LDRD roots

62%

52%

63%

65%

57%

Top 2%

A relevant indicator of career advancement in a ST&E field is the recognition of individuals as distinguished members of the technical staff. These staff members are named “Fellows” at LANL, Senior Scientists/Engineers at SNL, and Distinguished Members of the Technical Staff (DMTS) at LLNL. The shorthand name used here, “Top 2%,” comes from the intent at each laboratory to limit membership to the top 1% or 2% of scientific and technical staff. Typically nominated and screened by a committee, the Top 2% are recognized for something similar to a lifetime achievement award, in this case, for contribution to the Laboratory’s mission.

History of Top 2% at LANL, LLNL, SNL

 

 

 

Single-Year Statistics

Multi-Year Statistics

FY18

FY19

 

FY20

 

FY11-15

 

FY16-20

 

Total awards

18

24

23

78

87

Awards with LDRD roots

11

21

20

55

73

% with LDRD roots

61%

88%

87%

71%

84%