FY 2014 Nuclear Physics Workforce Survey



To: National Laboratory Group Leaders and University Principal Investigators

Subject: Nuclear Physics Workforce Survey

It is again time to gather information for the annual survey of scientific workforce in the DOE Nuclear Physics program.  Statistical information from this workforce survey is used to assess the overall impact of funding and budgetary decisions on the program.  The results of last year's survey are posted on our Web site at http://science.energy.gov/~/media/np/pdf/report_12.pdf

Since 1987 the same reporting categories and definitions have been used, and as a result, we are able to follow workforce trends from 1987 onward.  In 2003 we began requesting from the laboratories the number of full time equivalents (FTEs) in addition to a count of individual heads.  Some contacts at the laboratories are being sent additional survey forms so that workforce trends can be captured by subprogram.  As a new component in 2009, we started following trends associated with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) activities and the Isotope Program.  Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure an accurate survey. 

As in our previous surveys, we are requesting the number of personnel in various categories of Ph.D. staff and the number of graduate students who belong to your research group. The workforce counts should be taken as of October 1, 2014, in units of individuals (i.e., head counts (and FTEs for laboratories only)), and separated into experimentalists or theorists.  Note that the workforce supported for contract- or grant-related work by non-DOE funds should be identified separately. Also, we are requesting the number of Ph.D. degrees awarded through the fiscal year ending September 31, 2014, and some general information about those graduates.

When completing your survey form, please fill in actual numbers in the "2014 Firm" columns and provide estimates in the "2015 Estimate" columns. For university principal investigators, if you expect your grant to be renewed in FY 2015, you should assume a support level about the same as in FY 2014.  If you are a university principal investigator who is new this year, please provide your workforce numbers as of October 1, 2014,  in the column "2014 Firm" and estimated numbers for next year in the column "2015 Estimate."

This year, we are again requesting that the survey be completed over the internet.  If you were included in the survey last year, your "2013 Firm" and "2014 Estimate" workforce numbers reported are shown on your survey form.  An email message recently sent contains the information you will need to access your survey form to submit your data to Nuclear Physics.

Note that we must have a response to all of the approximately 220 survey forms sent. You can significantly reduce our office's workload by promptly completing the survey over the internet. 

Your response to this survey is requested by Friday, October 10, 2014.  If you have any questions or difficulties in obtaining or completing your survey, please contact Brenda May at (301) 903-0536 or email her at Brenda.May@science.doe.gov.

Sincerely,

Timothy J. Hallman
Associate Director of the Office of Science
  for Nuclear Physics

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