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BER SFA Acknowledgements

For a paper or presentation to be counted as a “BER-SFA funded” activity, it needs to properly acknowledge the source of the funding.  Please recognize that the Department of Energy is a large organization and that in order for the research that we fund to be properly attributable to the Office of Biological and Environmental Research in general, and a SFA specifically, that support needs to be explicitly called out.

For a presentation:  This is fairly straightforward and should simply be an acknowledgement on a slide, typically either at the beginning or end of the presentation.  At a minimum the acknowledgement should state that the work was supported “by the US Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research as part of the LBNL Sustainable Systems Scientific Focus Area”.

For a publication:  For work supported wholly under this SFA, the acknowledgement should at a minimum state that “This material is based upon work supported as part of the Subsurface Science Scientific Focus Area funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research under Award Number DE-AC02-05CH11231.”

When the work is only partially supported within the SFA, it is important to clearly state which portion of the research was funded under the SFA award and what portion of the work was supported by each other sponsor who is acknowledged.  This distinction could, for example, be made by using the above language but acknowledging who was supported by which sponsor (“E.R.J. was supported as part of…..”), or by indicating what aspect of the research (materials or processing used, or specific techniques) was supported by which sponsor (“nitrogen and oxygen isotope studies were supported as part of….”).

Press releases or similar documents have different audiences and requirements, and therefore our guidance for attribution is slightly different.  For these please use the following: “This research was supported as part of the LBNL Sustainable Systems Scientific Focus Area, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science.”

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