Contractor Supported Research (CSR) funds are provided to the Laboratory by the University of California to fund discretionary one-time or short-term research activities. The Office of the Deputy Laboratory for Research coordinates with staff to provide approval for these activities provided that:
- Research is conducted on a non-interference basis with any DOE-directed and funded work of the Laboratory. CSR funds may not be used to augment federally funded projects.
- Research is intended to enhance the capabilities of the Laboratory to continue to perform its mission or to create new capabilities at the Laboratory consistent with the overall needs of DOE. Per the DOE Berkeley Site Office guidance, the Laboratory will not knowingly use its access to Laboratory facilities under this program to compete with the private sector.
- Funds are expended under the same terms and conditions that apply to government funds.
- The use of CSR funds to pay for unallowable costs is prohibited.
Certain uses of these funds are particularly encouraged by the University, such as collaborative research performed with UC campus professors, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students, and research that could lead to the long-term growth and health of the Laboratory and the University.
Selection of the projects funded with CSR funds are made at the discretion of the Laboratory Director or designee.