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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science and DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced a plan to provide up to $5 million to support work related to High-Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP).

HEDLP explores the behavior of matter at extreme conditions including temperature, density, and pressure. Researchers study ionized matter in laboratory experiments, with potential applications to fields including astrophysics, the study of matter at the atomic scale, medicine, national security, and plasma science.

“HEDLP is an exciting frontier area of scientific discovery for plasma physics,” said James Van Dam, DOE Associate Director of Science for Fusion Energy Sciences. “In addition, it has the potential for practical applications in industry, homeland security, and defense, and it is the scientific discipline that could enable inertial fusion energy.”

Applications will be open to domestic universities, industry, and nonprofit research institutions. Funding is to be awarded based on competitive peer review process.

Total planned funding is up to $5 million in Fiscal Year 2020 dollars for projects lasting one to three years in duration.

The joint Funding Opportunity Announcements titled “High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasma Science” is be found here.