The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) is responsible for the effective stewardship of ten national laboratories. SC’s challenge is to ensure that these institutions are oriented to focus, individually and collectively, on achieving the DOE mission, that Government resources and support are allocated to ensure their long-term scientific and technical excellence, and that a proper balance exists among them between competition and collaboration.
Each year SC engages its laboratories in a strategic planning activity that asked the laboratory leadership teams to define a long-range vision for the future of their respective institutions. This information provides the starting point for a discussion between the SC leadership and the laboratory about the laboratory’s future directions, strengths and weaknesses, immediate and long-range challenges, and resource needs.
The Office of Laboratory Policy and Evaluation develops, manages, and coordinates implementation of the annual laboratory strategic planning process on behalf of the Director of the Office of Science, including preparation of instructions and annual laboratory policy and institutional guidance.