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SERDP FY14 Federal Call for Proposals

Source:  Lisa Kelly

The FY 14 SERDP call for proposals has just been announced. This year's solicitation consists of 9 Statements of Need (SONs) for the CORE Solicitation, and 2 SONs for the SERDP Exploratory Development program (SEED).

Please note that there are opportunities associated with environmental remediation, munition detection, ecological restoration, and climate change impacts to Alaska infrastructure.  If you plan to respond to this solicitation, please read the information provided in these links and below, and contact Lisa Kelly ( along with your supervisor and the appropriate ESD Program Head.

Complete proposal and submission instructions are available on the SERDP website at

1)  PREPROPOSALS FOR CORE SOLICITATION DUE on JANUARY 8, 2013 BY 2:00 P.M DIRECTLY TO SERDP (NOTE:  NOT TO DOE as in previous years):  Please read the full instructions for details on page limit, content, submission instructions, etc. available at:

2)  SEED FULL PROPOSALS ARE DUE MARCH 12, 2013 (Preproposals for SEED proposals are not required).  Please notify Lisa Kelly ( if you plan to submit a SEED to ensure you will be in the loop on subsequent proposal submission emails.

Note that in previous years, the success rates for DOE lab proposals have ranged from 12-15%.
Some recommendations  for DOE scientists preparing a SERDP proposal is to consider a project that:

  1. is essential for the solution of a major mission readiness problem,
  2. is supportive of policy formulation and/or program-level decisions - explicit responses to SONS are generally much more successful than projects that propose a weak link to the SONs.
  3. is catalytic in causing the initiation, organization, and/or acceleration of other essential research.
  4. partners with a DoD site or with PIs working at a DoD site
  5. plays to the uniqueness of DOE capabilities when justifying budgets.

Download FY14_EWG_Call_for_Proposal_Letter.pdf