Advanced Detector Research


The solicitation for the FY 2011 Advanced Detector Research competition (Reference Number DE-FOA-0000407) can be found by clicking on the link
Results for the Advanced Detector Research Program for FY 2010 
Frequently Asked Questions on Electronic Submissions to the Office of High Energy Physics 

Description of the Program

The ADR program is motivated by the needs of future high-energy physics experiments. They will require higher performance detectors to exploit the higher beam energies and intensities of new or upgraded accelerators. Higher performance detectors are also needed to probe for new physical processes in non-accelerator based experiments. The 1998 HEPAP subpanel report, "Planning for the Future of U.S. High Energy Physics", identified a need for a program such as this:

The Subpanel recommends that a detector R&D program, funded at an annual level of $2 million, be initiated to support exceptionally promising projects for future experiments.

Proposed detector research should be driven by the anticipated needs of experiments to be built within the foreseeable future, as well as upgrades to current experiments. Interesting technologies would include but not be limited to charged particle track detectors, calorimeters or particle identification detectors that are less sensitive to radiation, have higher resolution, are lower in cost, or can be read out faster than currently available detectors.

It is anticipated that approximately $750,000 will be awarded in total, subject to availability of appropriated funds. Multiple year funding of grant awards is possible, with funding provided on an annual basis subject to availability of funds. If a project cannot be completed in one year, then multiple year funding should be requested. A maximum of three years will be considered. The average size of an award in the last two years has been $55,000 per year. After several years it is hoped that total funding for new and continuing awards should exceed $1 million per year. The number of awards will be determined by the number of excellent applications and the total funds available for this program. Cost sharing is encouraged but not required. It is expected that the final development or fabrication of detectors for specific experiments will not be funded by this program. The results from fiscal years 2009,2008,2007,2006, 2005, 2004, 20032002 and 2001 are available.

For more information contact:

Dr. Frederick Borcherding
Office of High Energy Physics
Department of Energy
Phone: 301-903-6989
Fax: 301-903-2597