Important Additional Information

  • Normally, projects requiring continued funding for 3 or more years should be directed to the NSF or other agencies through existing research programs.
  • Additional guidance regarding collaborations:
    • Multi-investigator collaborations must be coherent and strongly coupled.
    • If the collaboration involves external researchers, the PI must have a full-time research appointment at one of the three MagLab host institutions and must be strongly involved in the proposed research. The PI cannot be a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow.
    • In accord with explicit NSF instruction, projects normally cannot send research funds to non-MagLab institutions. [See the discussion and exceptions under Pre-Proposal Content, subsection 2 (Budget Pages).
  • The proposed research must require and justify access to the high magnetic field facilities of the MagLab. The research must not represent an unreasonable burden on the facilities.
  • The NSF definition of allowed and disallowed research applies to the MagLab User Collaboration Grants Program projects. "The NSF does not normally support technical assistance, pilot plant efforts, research requiring security classification, the development of products for commercial marketing or market research for a particular project or invention. Bioscience research with disease-related goals, including work on the etiology, diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction in human beings or animals, is normally not supported. Animal models of such conditions or the development or testing of drugs or other procedures for their treatment also are not eligible for support. However, research in bioengineering, with diagnosis or treatment-related goals, that applies engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine while advancing engineering knowledge is eligible for support. Bioengineering research to aid persons with disabilities is also eligible."
  • The Principal Investigator(s) can request that specific members of the RPC not review their proposal if a conflict of interest exists. The MagLab and its reviewers shall treat proposals as confidential documents and shall respect the intellectual property rights of the authors. Researchers retain full intellectual property rights in their work in accordance with the terms of the NSF Cooperative Agreement and their individual institutional requirements.
  • When a pre-proposal is submitted, the submitter must choose at least one user program director (UPD) to review the proposal. In the event a UPD is unable to participate in the review process because he/she is a proposal collaborator, anticipates travel conflicts, or has other commitments, the UPD may designate a qualified person to serve as the facility’s UPD committee member for that year’s solicitation.
  • The MagLab reserves the right to act as the sole arbiter of ranking proposals vis a vis the stated criteria.
  • Subsequent announcements soliciting additional MagLab research proposals are anticipated to occur on a yearly basis. Contact the MagLab User Collaboration Grants Program Coordinator for further information.

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