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Brinkman Report: Setting Priorities for Large Facility Projects Sponsored by the NSF. Key Issues Raised in Report Transparency of process (next slide) Involvement of community (next slide) Roadmap (spurred by Orbach’s 20-year plan)

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brinkman report setting priorities for large facility projects sponsored by the nsf
Brinkman Report: Setting Priorities for Large Facility Projects Sponsored by the NSF

Key Issues Raised in Report

  • Transparency of process (next slide)
  • Involvement of community (next slide)
  • Roadmap (spurred by Orbach’s 20-year plan)
    • NSF is not DOE (integration of R&E, community-driven, university-based, transformational, riskier, cuts across more communities)
    • Need to maintain flexibility and responsiveness to community
  • Role of Deputy Director of BFA for Large Facilities
    • “oversight of process”
  • Oversight
    • Direct oversight within Directorates/Divisions (full time program officer)
  • Role of NSB
    • Validation of process, input on process
  • Design & development funds (~10% of construction)
    • Responsibility of Divisions/Directorates
department of energy
Department of Energy
  • Office of Science (OS) provides 60% of the support for basic research in the Physical Sciences (3.4B$)
  • 10 National Laboratories + support for university groups
  • Facilities Plan
    • 53 considered, 23 in list
    • Developed with help of OS’s 6 Assoc Directors and 6 Advisory Cmtes
    • Final priorities determined by OS Director Orbach
the mrefc approval process
The MREFC Approval Process
  • Divisonal/Directorate Review
  • Review by NSF MREFC
  • Committee Review by Director’s Review Board
  • Approved by Director for consideration by the NSB
  • Approved by the NSB for inclusion in “the queue”
  • Approved by Director and NSB for inclusion in NSF’s budget request to the President
  • Approved for inclusion in the President’s budget request (currently working on FY06)
  • Congress appropriates Funds
  • NSF (Director and NSB) approves award when appropriated funds are available
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Did not address:

lifecycle costs

Operations & maintenance (~10% / yr)

Major upgrades (~50%??) eg, AdvLIGO

Research (+5% / yr)

Over the lifetime these amount to several times the construction costs and currently must come from Division/Directorates

nsf response
NSF Response
  • Current process largely addresses points raised, two main items need attention
  • Transparency (need to articulate process)
    • Roadmap (need something that works for NSF)
  • Congress is anxious to hear NSF and NSB Responses
  • Both NSF and NSB working on response(s) to Congress for early Fall
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