In 1995, the National Science Foundation (NSF) created a special account to fund large (several tens of millions of dollars) research facilities. Over the years, these facilities have come to represent an increasingly prominent part of the nation's RaD portfolio. Recently concern has intensified about the way NSF is selecting projects for this account. In 2003, six U.S. Senators including the chair and ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations expressed these concerns in a letter to the NRC asking it to qreview the current prioritization process and report to us on how it can be improved.q This report presents a series of recommendations on how NSF can improve its priority setting process for large research facilities. While noting that NSF has improved this process, the report states that further strengthening is needed if NSF is to meet future demands for such projects.... and Global Affairs, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council ... The Committee notes that NSF is proposing to spend $40, 000, 000 over the next 3 years to develop two National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) sites. ... EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES $875, 000, 000 908, 080, 000 947, 730, 000 Appropriations, 2002 .
|Title||:||Setting Priorities for Large Research Facility Projects Supported by the National Science Foundation|
|Author||:||Committee on Setting Priorities for NSF-Sponsored Large Research Facility Projects, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, Policy and Global Affairs, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2004-06-15|