The Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program has improved the approach to funding research at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories. Rather than funding individual, single-investigator projects, BER now funds integrated research programs at the DOE national laboratories within specific scientific focus areas (SFAs). The SFA concept aligns DOE national laboratory research efforts with elements within the President’s annual budget request. This approach is a recognition that the national laboratories are structured for conducting coordinated, team-oriented research in a manner that is distinct from, but complementary to, research conducted via financial assistance (10 CFR Part 605) at other institutions such as universities or the private sector. This approach challenges the DOE national laboratories to build and sustain integrative, team-oriented research programs based on their unique scientific capabilities and administrative resources to meet SBR's strategic goals. Additional information on national laboratory SFA program setup, review, and management procedures can be found on BER's website.
Brief summaries of each current SBR SFA Program can be found in the links provided below:
Iron and Sulfur Biogeochemistry in Redox Dynamic Environments SFA at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Watershed Function SFA at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Subsurface Biogeochemistry of Actinides SFA at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Biogeochemical Transformations at Critical Interfaces SFA at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Hydrobiogeochemical Process Dynamics in the Groundwater–Surface Water Interaction Zone SFA at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Coupled Cycling of Organic Matter, Uranium, and Biogeochemical Critical Elements SFA at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL)