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Mag Lab User Collaboration
Grants Program

The National Science Foundation has charged the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Mag Lab) with developing an in-house research program that:

  • utilizes the Mag Lab facilities to carry out high quality high field research at the forefront of science and engineering; and
  • advances the Mag Lab facilities and their scientific and technical capabilities.

To fulfill this charge the Mag Lab operates the User Collaboration Grants Program (UCGP), which is designed to stimulate magnet and or facility development, promote collaborations between in-house scientists and external users, while also accomplishing first-rate scientific and engineering research.

The User Collaboration Grants Program funds research projects of 1-2 years duration including the following categories:

  • small, seeded collaborations between internal and/or external investigators that utilize their complementary expertise;
  • bold but risky efforts which hold significant potential to extend the range and type of experiments; and
  • initial seed support for new faculty and research staff, targeted to magnet laboratory enhancements.

The User Collaboration Grants Program strongly encourages collaboration between Mag Lab scientists and external users of Mag Lab facilities. Projects are also encouraged to drive new or unique research, i.e., serve as seed money to develop initial data leading to external funding of a larger program. In accord with NSF policies, the Mag Lab cannot fund clinical studies. Funding will only be provided for research taking place at Mag Lab facilities, and funded projects generally cannot send research funds to non-Mag Lab institutions.

Budget Levels

While the User Collaboration Grants Program has no stated limits with regard to project awards, any two-year budget over $200k will need to be especially justified. Any two-year budget over $240k will be regarded as requiring truly extraordinary justification, and can only be considered for proposals of extraordinary scientific merit.

For the pre-proposal stage only, reviewers will be instructed not to allow budget levels to affect their ranking, but to comment on appropriateness of budget levels.

2016 User Collaboration Grants Program Solicitation Key Dates

November 1 User Collaboration Grants Program solicitation announced
November 2 System opens for online submissions
November 30 Pre-proposal deadline
December 15 PIs notified of pre-proposal decisions
December 31 Full proposal deadline
January 13 Awards announced
January 31 Grants begin

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