Performance Metrics

Maintaining the intellectual vitality of the national laboratories

A key resource for the national laboratories

The LDRD program is a key resource for addressing the long-term science and technology goals of the national laboratories, as well as for enhancing the scientific capabilities of their technical staff. Through careful investment of LDRD funds, the laboratories build their reputation, recruit and retain excellent scientists and engineers, and prepare to meet evolving national needs.

Impacts of the LDRD program are particularly evident in the quality of publications resulting from LDRD-funded research, the number of awards LDRD researchers receive, and the number of postdoctoral candidates supported by the program.

View the Long-term Impact webpage.

Technical vitality

LDRD is a scientific success story, where projects continue to win national recognition for excellence through papers published and cited in peer-reviewed journals, patents granted, and prestigious awards.

Fiscal Year 2020
  Peer-Reviewed Publications US Patents Granted R&D 100 Awards
# LDRD supported 1,472 217 10
% of total 33% 58% 63%


Postdoc support

The national laboratories have a long-standing reputation of being centers of scientific excellence where the nation’s best and brightest researchers can become scientific leaders. For this reason, many young researchers forego the prestige and visibility of academic careers and choose to devote their talents to the national labs, where their innovations benefit national security missions. 

Fiscal Year 2020
  Postdoc Support Postdoc Conversions
# LDRD supported 734 120
% of all postdoctoral researchers 53% 60%

The LDRD program is a powerful means to attract and retain top researchers from around the world, making it an essential link between the newest generation of scientists and the future workforce of our national laboratories.