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.