the United States is presently considered to be the world leader in both advancing magnet technology and high-field science. The global high-field community has a very good record of scientific collaboration, while retaining the competition between laboratories important for advancing magnet technology and producing scientific results. The report recognizes that future opportunity for U.S. high-field magnet technology lies in exploiting the expertise centered at NHMFL, while involving other laboratories and companies to enhance U.S. commercial competitiveness in such areas as the production of NMR magnets, and the report contains recommendations for pursuing those opportunities.
Finally, the NHMFL is a major multidisciplinary facility, and effective stewardship is critical to its vitality. In this regard, its continued effective management, its exploration of prospective partnerships for facilities development, and a predictable facilities recompetition plan are essential. Accordingly, the report contains a recommendation that NHMFL should have a recompetition cycle that is longer than that of the average major facility.