Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) is essential; providing a means to maintain scientific and technical vitality by funding highly innovative, high-risk, potentially high-value research and development (R&D). INL's diverse LDRD portfolio explores scientific and engineering concepts — including advanced reactor modeling, nuclear waste reduction and fuel recycling — to develop DOE-NE’s needs. INL's LDRD research stimulates exploration at the forefront of cybersecurity, electric grid reliability and wireless technology.  The forward-looking nature of the lab's R&D strengthens the DOE mission by advancing hybrid energy systems and evolving energy security needs.

Awards and Recognition

Derek Gaston - 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

The INL computational mathematician was one of 96 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor the U.S. government bestows on early career science and engineering professionals. As the Computational Frameworks Group lead for INL’s Fuels Modeling and Simulation Department, Derek led development of the MOOSE simulation framework, which was LDRD-funded and underlies several current LDRD projects.


Erin Searcy

The bioenergy technical and analytical expert in INL’s Biofuels and Renewable Energy Technologies Department is on a special one-year assignment at DOE headquarters working at the Office of Biomass Program. Erin is supporting the office’s Feedstock Platform by helping establish technical targets and progress metrics, developing and executing key program workshops, and assisting with technical inquiries, working groups and roundtables. Erin is principal investigator on an LDRD project focused on dairy bioenergy.


 Hussein Moradi - R & D 100

The communications systems expert led development of the LDRD-funded Wireless Spectrum Communications (WSComm) technology. It identifies and utilizes available spaces in the radio frequency spectrum, addressing continued commercial expansion while simultaneously serving the needs of national security, public safety and other crucial next-generation communication systems. Developed in part in collaboration with University of Utah researchers, it won R&D 100, Far West Federal Laboratory Consortium and Idaho Innovation awards. WSComm also earned the Best Demonstration award at the 2012 DySpan Conference, IEEE’s (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) leading international conference dedicated to advancing cutting-edge wireless technologies.