INL solicits ideas for LDRD projects through an annual call for proposals. The call takes into consideration the need to support key technical capability development, collaboration with university and industry partners and other crucial research including enabling or cross-cutting science. These solicitations encourage innovative approaches proposed by individual researchers or small multidisciplinary teams.
The call for proposals includes a requirement for a pre-proposal, followed by a written proposal, two technical reviews, and a management review prior to project selection. The intent of the pre-proposal process is to provide principal investigators the opportunity to briefly articulate an idea prior to investing time and effort to write a full proposal. Selected projects then submit a full detailed proposal for a progress report for continuing projects, which are subject to two technical peer reviews, management review, DLD review and a final DOE-ID review. The continuing and proposed new LDRD projects are authorized to start work at the onset of the new fiscal year following receipt of DOE-ID's concurrence, and approval by DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) of the annual LDRD Program Plan.