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Subsurface Biogeochemical Research Program

National Laboratory SFAs

The Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program funds integrated research programs at the Department of Energy’s (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, BER-supported research conducted via individual, single-investigator projects 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 the strategic goals of BER’s Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) program. 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 at 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 and Ecological Impacts of Hydrologic Exchange Flows SFA at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Groundwater Quality SFA at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC)




Subsurface Biogeochemical-Related BER Research Highlights