NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (2)

[Criteria for selection of projects for MREFC support, from Facilities Management and Oversight Guide, November 8, 2002]

  • Exceptional S&E [Science and Engineering] opportunity to enable frontier research and education

  • Transformational regarding S&E impact

  • High priority within relevant S&E communities

  • Accessible to appropriately broad user community

  • Partnership possibilities exploited

  • Technical feasibility and risks addressed thoroughly

  • High state of readiness

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (3)

[Criteria for selection of projects for future MREFC support, from Answers Provided by NSF to Questions from the House Science Committee Hearing on February 13, 2003]

  • Significance of the opportunity to enable frontier research and education

  • Degree of support within relevant S&E communities

  • Readiness of project, in terms of feasibility, engineering and cost-effectiveness, interagency and international partnerships, and management

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (4)

[Criteria for placing highly rated projects in priority order, from Answers Provided by NSF to Questions from the House Science Committee Hearing on February 13, 2003]

  • How “transformative” is the project? Will it change the way research is conducted or change fundamental S&E concepts/research frontiers?

  • How great are the benefits of the project? How many researchers, educators and students will it enable? Does it broadly serve many disciplines?

  • How pressing is the need? Is there a window of opportunity? Are there interagency and international commitments that must be met?

  • Additionally, the director must weigh the impact of a proposed facility on the balance between scientific fields, the importance of the project with respect to national priorities, and possible societal benefits.



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