[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
[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
[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.