The National Science Foundation has charged the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) with developing an in-house research program that:
To fulfill this charge the MagLab 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:
The User Collaboration Grants Program strongly encourages collaboration between MagLab scientists and external users of MagLab 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.
UCGP funds a broad range projects, with the above elements included in varing degrees. To better understand what kind of projects are funded, take a look at the tabs for titles of past awards, and for review questions, which are used to score proposals. UCGP reviewing is handled by a panel, the Research Program Committee. See under its tab for its membership and organization.
UCGP welcomes young investigators, and is committed to helping them develop their proposal writing skills. See the proposal writing tips tab
Funding will only be provided for research taking place at MagLab facilities, and funded projects generally cannot send research funds to non-MagLab institutions. In accord with NSF policies, the MagLab cannot fund clinical studies.
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.
|March 31||User Collaboration Grants Program solicitation announced|
|April 7||System opens for online submissions|
|May 21||Pre-proposal deadline|
|July 14||PIs notified of pre-proposal decisions|
|August 31||Full proposal deadline|
|December 1||Awards announced|
|January 1||Grants begin|