What's a Scientific Focus Area (SFA)?
The Subsurface Science Scientific Focus Area (SFA) is one of several SFAs for National Laboratory research funded by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) within the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science. The SFAs are part of the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR). They were created in 2008 to take advantage of the multidisciplinary, team-oriented research that is a strength of a national laboratory such as PNNL.
The SFA structure makes it easier to communicate a holistic view of science within the SBR. It enables DOE to identify areas for future solicitations.