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[PDF] FY 2016 Science and Energy Plan

The FY 2016 Science and Energy Plan (SEP) is aimed at improving the overall effectiveness of the Science and Energy enterprise by: 

  • Creating awareness and transparency about how DOE performs its science and energy functions
  • Demonstrating how the Department operates as a coordinated system to address complex challenges
  • Providing a baseline to help better align programs and integrate the National Laboratories to address new challenges


The inaugural SEP describes the major programs, performers, and processes involved in the Department’s science and energy functions, and the essential role that each plays across the Department and throughout the technology development lifecycle. It describes how these programs align, and how the Department operates the Science and Energy enterprise as a complete system through strategic engagement and proper management, including sustained investment in our National Laboratories to strengthen their world-class science and energy technology capabilities and build on their history of excellence. Finally, this document recognizes both the unique capabilities and expertise of each of the Science and Energy programs, as well as their inherently intertwined and complementary nature.

Who Should Read the SEP?

The SEP is intended for those who support the execution of DOE’s science and energy missions, including the Department and other agencies, Congress, the National Laboratories, and other key collaborators.

How Will Future Editions Differ from the First SEP?

Future editions of the SEP will highlight program planning outcomes that continuously work to strategically align DOE’s science and energy enterprise. New approaches to coordinated planning and management oversight will foster mutual awareness and collaborations among the program offices. And as a result of regular updates to the SEP, the Department’s Science and Energy programs will collaborate and identify opportunities—like crosscutting initiatives—that will ultimately inform programmatic decisions in the way that best serves their individual missions, the Department, and the Nation.