Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Space and Earth Science
Part of the National Security Education Center

Research Subject Areas for CSES Proposals

High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience and Earth systems


  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
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Focus Area Leaders  

  • Planetary Science
  • Lisa Danielson
  • (505) 667-1703
  • Email
Each research subject area is directed by a focus leader who is responsible for coordinating research efforts so individual projects will benefit from the best available Los Alamos National Laboratory resources and expertise.

Prospective project leaders are encouraged to contact the respective discipline leaders for information on technical scope of the CSES disciplines.

Scientific disciplines included in this call

Astrophysics and cosmology - with the goal of advancing theoretical, modeling, computational and experimental sciences that map to capabilities needed in divisions involved in weapon simulation (e.g., nuclear physics, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma physics, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), uncertainty quantification) and national security (e.g., nuclear detection, transients, sensing, imaging, space weather).

Space Science - with the goal of advancing our understanding of the space environment from the Sun to the Earth and beyond - with the particular goal of understanding how the space environment affects the systems in space that support security and quality of life in our increasingly technological society.

Solid Earth Geoscience - with the goal of advancing theoretical, experimental, modeling and simulation studies that address fundamental issues in basic earth processes, as well as promoting capabilities needed for a better understanding of applied problems including natural hazards, repository science, natural resources, global climate change, and nuclear monitoring. We include terrestrial planets and similar solar system objects under “solid earth geoscience.”

Earth Systems - with the goal of advancing and integrating theoretical, modeling and simulation with sensing and observational and experimental sciences that push the frontiers of predictability of weather and climate variability and its response to anthropogenic forcing and understanding how to strengthen the resilience of interdependent infrastructure, both in today's and in future climate states.