Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Laboratory Directed Research and Development

This program provides funding for Physics Division to pursue high-risk, potentially high-payoff activities that build technical capabilities.


Innovation in experimental physical sciences

The Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program (LDRD) is the premier source of internally directed R&D funding at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Physics Division, as the major source of innovation in experimental physical science at Los Alamos, actively competes in most of the Directed Research Grand Challenges and the Exploratory Research categories.

We have research in the Grand Challenges of Beyond the Standard Model, Complex Biological Systems, Information Science and Technology, Nuclear Performance, and Sensing and Measurement Science for Global Security.

We are also funded to do research in the following categories:

  • Biological, biochemical, and cognitive sciences
  • Computational physics
  • Applied math and knowledge sciences
  • High energy density
  • Plasma and fluid physics
  • Nuclear and particle physics
  • Astrophysics and cosmology
  • Quantum and optical science