News Release

JSA awards over $400K for FY15 Initiatives Fund program

Grant and Award Announcement

Southeastern Universities Research Association

Washington, DC – Jefferson Sciences Associates (JSA) announced the award of $401,020 to support projects related to education, outreach and career development to staff and users at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab).

Since 2006, JSA, which operates and manages Jefferson Lab for the Department of Energy, has provided $4.25 million to support over 200 projects under its JSA Initiatives Fund Program. The Initiatives Fund supports programs, initiatives and activities that further the scientific outreach, and promote the science, education and technology missions of Jefferson Lab in ways that complement its basic and applied research focus. Program funds also support activities of the Lab's extended users community.

The program is managed and administered by SURA, a consortium of more than 60 leading universities, for the JSA Programs Committee. SURA and PAE Applied Technologies jointly own JSA.

"The JSA Initiatives Fund Program has enabled many diverse projects that have added value to the Lab's programs and have helped to further cultivate the scientific endeavors of the user community," said Hugh Montgomery, JSA President and Jefferson Lab Director.

The FY15 Initiatives Fund Program includes new awards for 31 projects. Half of the award funds support the education and outreach programs at the Jefferson Lab. The remaining awards support post doc career development, other Lab programs, Jefferson Lab users initiatives and activities, and several topical science meetings. Awards were made for:

Director's Discretionary Fund, $100,000
JSA Graduate Fellowship Program, $98,000
JLab Science Activities for Teachers (JSAT), $35,000
Junior Scientist Travel Support, $20,000
JSA Sabbatical/Research Leave Support, $18,000
Users Group Annual Meeting, $11,070
Nathan Isgur Senior Post Doc Research Grant, $10,000
Users Group JSA Postdoctoral Prize, $10,000
JSA Cooperative Education Program, $10,000
Nuclear Physics Hill Day and other Congressional Visits, $10,000
JSA Minority/Female Undergraduate Research Assistantship, $9,000
Users Group Satellite Meetings at APS and DNP Conferences, $6,000
Undergraduate Student Support in Theoretical Physics, $5,000
International Conference on Quarks and Nuclear Physics (QNP2015), $5,000
Light Cone 2015 (LC2015): Theory and Experiment for Hadrons on the Light Front, $5,000
Nucleon Resonances: from Photoproduction to High Photon Virtualities, $5,000
Users Group Thesis Prize and Poster Prizes, $4,850
Graduate Student and PostDoc Association Activities, $4,700
Promising Young Scientist Program, $3,900
Accelerator Physics Education Outreach with Mexican Universities, $3,400
Users Group Board Business Travel, $3,000
Extra Child Care (ExCARE) Travel Fund, $3,000
JLab Student Tour Guide Program, $3,000
JLab Science Colloquia Series, $3,000
International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC15), $2,500
COOL 15 Workshop Support, $2,500
APS Topical Group on Hadronic Physics Workshop, $2,500
Final State Nucleons for Neutrino-Nucleus Interactions Workshop, $2,400
HUGS International Fellowship for Graduate Students in Developing Countries, $2,200
Undergraduate Support in Accelerator Sciences, $2,000
FIRST Robotics Team Sponsorship, $1,000

The 2015 evaluation committee was chaired by Elizabeth Beise from the University of Maryland. Other committee members included: JSA Programs Committee members David Armstrong from the College of William & Mary, Gerard Gilfoyle from the University of Richmond, Sebastian Kuhn from Old Dominion University, and Daniel Sober from The Catholic University of America; Robert McKeown representing Jefferson Lab; and, Elizabeth Lawson, Initiatives Fund program manager.

"An important feature of the Initiatives Fund Program is the matching and contributing funds that have been committed with the awards. This year's match of over $440K from other source funding enables us to stretch Initiatives Fund dollars to support more proposals," said Beise, who also commended the JSA owners for their continued support of the program.

SURA President & CEO Jerry Draayer and PAE Applied Technologies President Paul Branske noted that the investment in the Initiatives Fund Program allows Jefferson Lab and its users to engage more effectively in many educational, scientific, technical, and outreach activities that contribute to the Lab's overall ability to accomplish its mission.

Jefferson Lab, located in Newport News, VA, is a world-leading nuclear physics research facility. More than 1,300 scientists from around the world use the lab's unique particle accelerator to conduct experiments to expand our understanding of the visible universe.


About the JSA Initiatives Fund. JSA established the JSA Initiatives Fund to support programs, initiatives, and activities that further the scientific outreach, and promote the science, education and technology missions of Jefferson Lab in ways that complement its basic and applied research focus. Initiatives Fund awards are for those projects that benefit the Lab user community and that leverage commitments of others. The annual commitment is administered by SURA for the JSA Programs Committee. For more information, visit

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) is a consortium of over 60 leading research institutions in the United States and the District of Columbia established in 1980 as a non-stock, nonprofit corporation. SURA serves as an entity through which colleges, universities, and other organizations may cooperate with one another, and with government and industry in acquiring, developing, and using laboratories and other research facilities and in furthering knowledge and the application of that knowledge in the physical, biological, and other natural sciences and engineering. For more information, visit

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