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AST Portfolio Review. AAAC Telecon Meeting May 6, 2011 Tom Statler , AST. Why Do It and What Is It?.

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AST Portfolio Review

AAAC Telecon Meeting

May 6, 2011

Tom Statler, AST


Why Do It and What Is It?

  • NWNH advised: “If …budget is truly flat…there is no possibility of implementing …the recommended program…without…enacting the recommendations of the first 2006 senior review and/or …a second more drastic…review before mid-decade.” (p. 240)

  • Not a repeat of Senior Review, which was confined to facilities.

  • Examine balance across entire portfolio of activities AST supports.

  • Enable progress on central science questions (Ch. 2 of NWNH), balancing recommendations for new facilities & instrumentation with capabilities of existing facilities & programs.

AAAC May 2011 - AST Portfolio Review


Review Philosophy

  • Goal: Define the astronomical landscape for the coming decade.

  • 2 “mapping” steps:

  • Determine critical capabilities needed in 2015, 2020, 2025 to address key science questions from NWNH SFPs.

  • Determine how to achieve these capabilities through combination of

    • New facilities & instrumentation

    • Evolution of existing facilities & programs

AAAC May 2011 - AST Portfolio Review


Review Philosophy

  • Note that review is explicitly forward-looking

  • Key question re: existing facilities is

    • Can the facility be evolved so as to provide a critical future capability?

      • --- not ---

  • Has the facility earned the right to survive by virtue of past performance?

  • Avoid overburdening facilities with demand for statistics or overburdening committee with need to invent metrics of productivity.

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    Other Boundary Conditions

    • Multiple budget scenarios through 2025 to be provided by AST. Consider costs of delivering/evolving existing capabilities and costs of new facilities.

    • No revisiting/rehashing Astro2010 process or recommendations.

    • Consider consequences for domestic, international partnerships and on state of the profession.

    AAAC May 2011 - AST Portfolio Review


    Charge to Committee

    • Recommend balance of investments in new & existing grants programs and facilities in 2015, 2020, 2025 to enable progress on science questions identified by Astro2010.

    • Prioritize with sufficient granularity to permit adjustments in response to variations in Federal funding.

    • Recommendations should be viable and lead to vigorous and sustainable future for US astronomy.

    • Portfolio should support & develop requisite workforce to exploit recommended research and education investments.

    • Report by 31 March 2012 in order to inform FY2014 budget.

    AAAC May 2011 - AST Portfolio Review


    Inputs

    • NWNH

    • Budget scenarios for 2015, 2020, 2025

    • Documents used by Astro2010 WG on Status of the Profession

    • Budget breakdowns (last 10 yrs)

    • Facilities’ Long Range Plans & Program Plans + other TBD

    • Statistics from Individual Investigator Programs (last 5 yrs)

    • Budget growth opportunities (e.g. CIF21, EARS, etc.)

    AAAC May 2011 - AST Portfolio Review


    Community Engagement

    • Assemble diverse committee with regard to wavelength, observation/theory/computation/instrumentation, facility users, institution type/size, career stage, gender, geography.

    • Invite nominations (including self-nominations) from community, submitted by email; also from MPSAC, AAAC, BPA.

    • Allow unsolicited community input via email.

    • Report progress through AAS Newsletter & similar mailings, updates at AAS meetings (5/11 & 1/12).

    • Progress briefings to MPSAC, AAAC, BPA, OSTP, OMB.

    AAAC May 2011 - AST Portfolio Review


    Timeline

    • End May: nominations open

    • Mid July: committee formed

    • Early August: Meeting #1

    • October: Meeting #2

    • Oct 13-14: update for AAAC

    • Nov 3-4: update for MPSAC

    • December: Meeting #3

    • Jan 8-12: update for AAS

    • February: Meeting #4

    • Late March: Meeting #5, draft report complete

    • April: brief MPSAC, OSTP, OMB

    • April-May: Public comment period

    • June: Finalize report

    AAAC May 2011 - AST Portfolio Review


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