Fourteen research projects — including two led by faculty from the Texas A&M University College of Science — have been chosen for 2020-2021 funding under The Texas A&M University System National Laboratories Office Collaborative Research Program aimed at increasing engagement between Texas A&M System and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) researchers.
Each fall, researchers are invited to apply for funding in two different categories: developmental fellowships and research projects. Developmental fellowships are designed for A&M System researchers who have the skills, knowledge and interest to develop long-term collaborative ties with LANL researchers and have already identified one or more LANL collaborators who are willing and able to engage in collaborative research. Research projects are designed for A&M System researchers who have mature ties with LANL collaborators and have identified research topics suitable for a joint effort and joint funding from the NLO and LANL.
Bhaskar Dutta, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, is principal investigator for one of the six research projects funded in support of his proposal, Dark Matter, Neutrino Interactions and Axion-Like Particles at Coherent Captain-Mills (LANL), jointly submitted with LANL researcher Richard Van De Water.
Louis Strigari, an associate professor in Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy and a Mitchell Institute member, is principal investigator for one of the eight developmental fellowships awarded in support of his proposal, Determining the Nature of Dark Matter, submitted in collaboration with LANL researchers Andrea Albert and Patrick Harding.
Approximately 40% of the proposals submitted in each category for 2020-2021 were selected for funding through an annual review process that involved numerous technical experts from the A&M System and LANL.
Learn more about the Texas A&M System National Laboratories Office and related opportunities, including the Los Alamos National Lab Collaborative Research Program.
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This article originally appeared on the Texas A&M System National Laboratories Office website.