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The Office of the Chief Research Officer (OCRO) oversees and supports the SLAC research portfolio and SLAC researchers. It provides planning, policy development, guidance to the Lab’s researchers and oversees their career path.


Lines of Service

Research Integrity

  • Sets and promulgates research policy and PI eligibility.
  • Reviews requests for waivers for Principal Investigatorship (PI-ship) for staff scientists and engineers.
  • Manages PI training.

Internal Down-Select on Limited Submissions and Awards

  • Manages the SLAC pre-proposal internal down-select process for funding opportunities with a sponsor-imposed limit on submissions.
  • Manages SLAC pre-proposals to the DOE Early Career Research Program, aka ECA.
  • Coordinates large multi-team proposals.
  • Manages the nomination process for honors and awards.
  • Manages the prioritization process for SLAC's participations in large conferences.

Career Path for Scientists and Engineers

  • Governs the appointment and promotion of SLAC’s scientific and engineering staff.
  • Oversees the Panofsky Fellowship program.
  • Provides career development training for early career researchers.

Interface with DOE and DOE Lab Complex

  • Represents SLAC at National Laboratory Chief Research Officer (NLCRO) functions.
  • Represents SLAC's interests in responding to external legislation and regulations that potentially affect the health of our research activities.
  • Organizes and coordinates events across the DOE complex, e.g. National Lab Day on the Hill and the Oppenheimer Fellowship program.
  • Coordinates researcher competitions, e.g., SLAC Research SLAM! and Bay Area Research SLAM.

Interface with Stanford and Private Entities

Lead or participate in SLAC Wide Committees