New Initiatives

The detector R&D group is seeking proposals for new initiatives in detector R&D. While all R&D ideas will be considered, priorities will be given for ideas aligned with the strategic directions of the group in Pico Second Timing and Noble Element Based detectors, including light and charge collection, as well as novel Blue Sky R&D directions.

The magnitude of this seeding support is on the order of $50k including overhead. It is meant to give an opportunity to test initial ideas before applying for larger supports like the LDRD.

Applications are made in a form of a one page proposal to the Detector Advisory Group by March 17th, 2022 in an email to It should include the scientific motivation, R&D goals and plans to be achieved in a year. Please include a list of required M&S items with associated costs and a list of technical/engineering personnel and the hours requested (scientists’ time cannot be supported). Eligible PIs have to be Fermilab employees, but co-PIs from other institutions are encouraged.

After the submission deadline, the advisory group will form a short list of applicants who will be requested to give a short presentation to discuss the details of the proposal. The final recipients of the support will be selected shortly afterwards and work can start immediately.