DOE Neutrino R&D Funds

From: Ed Blucher (
Date: Tue Jan 10 2006 - 20:30:13 CST

Dear Colleagues:

The DOE has called for submission of expressions
of interest for R&D activities that will further
progress on neutrino initiatives. Here's an
excerpt of the DOE note:

"The requests should address the key scientific
areas identified by the recent APS
multi-divisional study on opportunities in
neutrino physics, "The Neutrino Matrix." The
request should contain the title of the specific
program area (double beta decay, neutrino mixing
matrix parameters and mass hierarchy, or solar
neutrino energy spectrum), a brief justification
(benefits and progress to be gained if provided,
impacts if not provided), and a budget requested
including info on salaries, equipment, supplies, etc."

These EOIs should be no more than 5 pages and will
be followed by a request for full proposals.

We contacted Randy Johnson, who is the program
officer overseeing this program, to understand how
this new program relates to our pending R&D and
Engineering proposal.

Here's what he had to say.

1. Our 2004 proposal is still active and depends
on the NuSAG report.

2. They would like a single EOI from the Braidwood
Collaboration, which can refer to the 2004
proposal. We need to submit this EOI to be
included in the discussion of this year's R&D funds.

3. A total of 8 million dollars are available for
the combined lab and university program, of which
FNAL expects $8M.

We believe the best strategy is to submit an EOI
that summarizes and refers to our 2004 proposal. A
more modest request will not accomplish our goal
of completing the work necessary to write a full
proposal. We can update the argument that the viability of
the site has been established (bore holes, Exelon
cooperation, etc.), and that the next task is to
do the detailed engineering necessary to get a
true cost estimate, which can then be fully reviewed.
This EOI can largely be assembled from documents we have
already written, including updated sensitivities
given to NuSAG.

We will circulate a draft EOI during the next few
days, and have a full discussion at our
collaboration meeting on Jan. 20. Please send us
any comments/suggestions.

Mike and Ed

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