Exploring alternate methods of instrumentation utilization such as:
Increasing user groups at small facilities to 10-20 independent investigators.
Establishing regional centers by identifying equipment appropriate for consolidation into multi-user shared facilities.
Examining opportunities for instrumentation research in the context of facilities, including the impact of these on science and industry and the determination of the optimal location of instrumentation development activities.
Assessing the educational role played by small facilities.
Exploring the need for long-range support models for these facilities.
Assessing the effect, if any, of the policies and structure of the federal research agencies that support smaller facilities.
Analyzing the issues from an international perspective.