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FEDERAL FUNDING OF ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH
more flexibility in trading facility instrument funds for telescope access. (See “On the National Science Foundation's Revised Facility Instrumentation Program,” June 2, 1999, provided to AURA and NSF.) This modified payback scheme would allow the NSF to more fairly recognize and award independent observatories for their successes in obtaining private and state funds for construction and operation.
TABLE 5.13 Optical/IR Telescopes of Aperture >5 Meters CurrentlyAccessible to U.S. Astronomers or Under Construction