Archives—October 2017

Opportunity for I-Corps Innovators at Cyclotron Road

I am a Cyclotron Road team member and I am emailing to ask if you will share news of our open application for innovators with your community. The I-Corps graduates are exactly the kind of people we want in our program! The application is a short 5 pages and closes on October 31st. Information and blurb below:

Cyclotron Road: A Home for Hard Tech Innovators
Our goal is simple: empower innovators to mature their ideas until they can align with the most suitable commercial partners to take their technology to scale.
 
Applications to be an innovator are now open through October 31st. For two years, our innovators are embedded in the Berkeley research ecosystem, where we provide them funding, access to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley, and a program of intensive mentorship, education, and networking. As a member of our cohort, you’ll be part of a dynamic community of scientists, engineers, technologists, and entrepreneurs who are committed to creating a positive societal impact with technology. Visit cyclotronroad.org/apply to register your application today and view the full application details.
Thank you for your time!
Best,
Brenna
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Brenna Teigler, PhD
Program Operations
Cyclotron Road

National Inventors Hall of Fame: Fall Newsletter

Call for Nominations
Nominate an inventor who has inspired you for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2019. A candidate for Induction into the Hall of Fame must hold a U.S. patent for an invention that has progressed society and industry. The lives of nominees are characterized by inspiring stories of determination and beating the odds, as well as a passion to develop the next generation of American innovators.

NOMINATE!

Patents for Humanity: Call for Nominations
Patents for Humanity, the USPTO’s top honor for patent owners and licensees who use game-changing technology to meet humanitarian needs, is now accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 cycle. Anyone who owns or licenses a U.S. patent or patent application is eligible. Winners receive an acceleration certificate to expedite proceedings at the USPTO, as well as public recognition of their work.
The USPTO is accepting applications through Dec. 8.

SUBMIT!


VentureWell News and RFPs

OPEN 2018 Registration
Are you a VentureWell member? If so, registration is live. Join us March 22-24, 2018 in warm and sunny Austin, Texas!

Not sure if you are a member? Don’t worry, check our membership status and if your institution is not listed, sign up today to become a member so you can attend OPEN 2018.

Lean LaunchPad® Educators Seminar
This workshop is a 2-day program (November 6-7) designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. You will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use. Space is limited, sign up today to attend the new and improved workshop in Boston.

Faculty Grants
We are seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success. We provide grants of up to $30,000 to help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new or transform existing courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market. Applications are due November 8.

OPEN Minds 2018
Cap off the conference with the must-attend OPEN Minds showcase and reception. Our top student E-Teams will demonstrate their ground-breaking innovations and practice their pitches to faculty, VentureWell’s extended staff and funders. Attendees will receive $1 million in Venture Bucks to “invest” in the team (or teams) they like best. At the end of the night, the team receiving the most Venture Bucks will win a $3,000 prize. The second- and third-place teams will win $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. Are you an E-Team? If so, apply to participate in the exhibition and training. Learn More

E-Team Grant Program
Our E-Team program provides early-stage funding of up to $25,000 and cultivates opportunities for student STEM inventors and innovators to move ideas out of the lab and into the market. Applications are due February 7

Other Community Events and Funding Opportunities

Echoing Green Fellowship
The Echoing Green Fellowship is for innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels. Talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not—which is why Echoing Green invests in talent wherever it is. Fellows represent diverse ethnic, religious, and gender experiences, with varied educational, economic, and geographic backgrounds.Applications accepted September 26 – October 24, 2017.

2018 KEEN National Conference
The 2018 KEEN National Conference is taking place January 3-5 in Dallas, Texas. Register to learn from thought leaders and experts across engineering disciplines in interactive workshops, keynote presentations, and an expo. You’ll leave the conference with tools you can immediately implement, including faculty engagement strategies, pedagogical approaches, and curricular and extra-curricular examples. Registration closes November 1.

athenahealth’s More Disruption Please (MDP) Hackathon
Join athenahealth’s More Disruption Please innovation team in Watertown, MA for their annual Hackathon on November 4-5. The hackathon will challenge hackers to build a hospital in the cloud by developing solutions that replace the archaic, pre-internet technologies that currently dominate hospital IT, and bring healthcare into the digital age. $6,000 in prizes will be awarded!

Greenbuild Conference and Expo Boston 2017
Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose. The event takes place in Boston, November 8-10, 2017.

Global Accelerator Learning Initiative Competition
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to answer a key question for the field of entrepreneurship by analyzing GALI’s unique, global dataset on early stage entrepreneurs. The competition is open to individuals and teams from universities around the world. The winning submission will be published on www.galidata.org and will be awarded a prize of $2,000. Submissions are due December 1.

Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) Startup Accelerator
Core training, meetings, and events are held in “one long weekend a month” bootcamps, featuring hands-on training, expert-led lectures, peer collaboration, advisor office hours, and practice judging rounds. Teams then participate in a public showcase and rounds of competition for awards. Applications are due today, October 18 and the program runs January through May in Springfield, Massachusetts.


How Do People at Michigan Tech Experience Life at the University?

by Jenn Donovan

Working, living and learning at Michigan Technological University is shaped by the attitudes, beliefs, experiences and perceptions of the students, faculty and staff.  What are those attitudes, beliefs, experiences and perceptions, and how do they affect life on campus?

Michigan Tech is committed to finding out. So the University formed a Climate Survey Working Group and hired a consultant from Pennsylvania State University, Susan Rankin of Rankin & Associates, to conduct a campus-wide assessment of the beliefs, behaviors and practices of members of the Michigan Tech community. She has conducted more than 170 institutional climate assessments at colleges and universities.

The study opened yesterday (Oct. 17) and runs until Nov. 10.

“The Working, Living and Learning Assessment will pose questions related to backgrounds and groups with which people identify, as well as attitudes and beliefs about their own and other groups on campus,” said Jill Hodges, executive director of Institutional Equity and Inclusion. “The survey is voluntary and confidential. Those taking it can choose not to answer any question.  It should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

The full story is available on the Michigan Tech news website.



NSF National Science Board – Insights into Merit Reviews

Every year, nearly 50,000 research proposals are submitted to the only federal agency in the United States that funds discovery research in all fields of science and engineering: the National Science Foundation (NSF). The agency uses merit review to pick proposals that show the greatest potential to fulfill NSF’s mission to promote the progress of science and serve the national interest.

NSF’s National Science Board (NSB, Board) sets the agency’s merit review criteria and ensures that practices are transparent and align with NSF objectives.

Among the report’s findings:

  • Of the 49,000 competitively reviewed proposals acted on by NSF in fiscal year 2016, 41,000 were research proposals.  NSF made nearly 8,800 research awards in fiscal year 2016, mostly to academic institutions. This corresponds to a 21 percent success rate for research proposals.
  • Competition is fierce; NSF received approximately 49,000 competitive proposals, requesting $29 billion.  While NSF was able to fund just over $6 billion in new projects, almost $4 billion of fundable proposals that reviewers rated Very Good or higher (4/5 on a 5-point scale), had to be declined for lack of resources.
  • Though still low, the proportion of research awards going to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities increased from 2.4 percent in FY 2010 to 7.3 percent in FY 2016.
  •  The proportion of female principal investigators submitting proposals remains relatively low; approximately 1 in 4 proposals come from women.  This is roughly similar to estimates of the representation of women in STEM faculty in research-intensive universities by the Association of American Universities.  The rates at which proposals from men and women are selected for funding are comparable.
  • Half of new research projects have a single principal investigator and half are collaborations among multiple investigators.
  • Last year over 34,000 scientists, engineers, and educators reviewed grant proposals for NSF.

In evaluating proposals, NSF uses two merit review criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts. In 2007, the Board modified the criteria to promote potentially transformative research and its 2011 report, Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions, affirmed and more clearly defined these criteria. NSF’s merit review system is frequently referred to as the gold standard for vetting research proposals and serves as a model approach, both nationally and internationally.

A short video about NSF’s merit review process is available here.

For more information, please contact Nadine Lymn, NSB Communications Director, nlymn@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2490.


Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2)

Just a reminder that the Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2). The program provides funds to purchase equipment that will have a broad, campus-wide impact and will improve the lives of faculty, staff and students.
Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Late submissions will not be accepted. For more information and proposal submission requirements, visit C2E2.
 
Please pass this announcement along to those who may be interested.

NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Minority-Patient Derived Xenograft (PDX) Development and Trial Center (PDTC) Network (U54)
    (RFA-CA-17-032)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 18, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Feasibility and Planning Studies for Development of Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) to Investigate Cancer Health Disparities (P20)
    (RFA-CA-17-033)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 18, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Immuno-Oncology Translational Network (IOTN): Cancer Immunotherapy Research Projects (U01)
    (RFA-CA-17-045)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Immuno-Oncology Translation Network (IOTN): Cancer Immunoprevention Research Projects (U01)
    (RFA-CA-17-046)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Immuno-Oncology Translation Network (IOTN): Data Management and Resource-Sharing Center (DMRC) (U24)
    (RFA-CA-17-047)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM

  • Immuno-Oncology Translation Network (IOTN): Cellular Immunotherapy Data Resource (CIDR) (U24)
    (RFA-CA-17-048)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM

  • BRAIN Initiative: Theories, Models and Methods for Analysis of Complex Data from the Brain (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-EB-17-005)
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 15, 2017; October 17, 2018; October 17, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

Program Announcements

  • Innovation Corps (I-Corps) at NIH Program for NIH and CDC Translational Research (Admin Supp)
    (PA-18-314)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): December 18, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Fundamental Science Research on Mind and Body Approaches (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PA-18-322)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Fundamental Science Research on Mind and Body Approaches (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PA-18-323)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Limited Competition: Brain Tissue Resource Center for Alcohol Research (R28)
    (PAR-17-305)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): December 14, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Testing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PAR-17-306)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New applications: February 5, 2018; October 5, 2018; June 5, 2019; February 5, 2020; October 5, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission applications: March 5, 2018; November 5, 2018; July 5, 2019; March 5, 2020; November 5, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Developing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R21/R33 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PAR-18-307)
    Office of Disease Prevention
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New applications: February 16, 2018; October 16, 2018; June 16, 2019; February 16, 2020; October 16, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission applications: March 16, 2018; November 16, 2018; July 16, 2019; March 16, 2020; November 16, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Assay Validation of High Quality Markers for Clinical Studies in Cancer (UH3 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed
    (PAR-18-310)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 14, 2018; July 10, 2018; October 8, 2018; February 13, 2019; July 10, 2019; October 8, 2019; February 13, 2020; July 10, 2020; October 8, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancers for years 2018, 2019 and 2020 (P50)
    (PAR-18-313)
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Assay Validation of High Quality Markers for Clinical Studies in Cancer (UH2/UH3 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-317)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 14, 2018; July 10, 2018; October 8, 2018; February 13, 2019; July 10, 2019; October 8, 2019; February 13, 2020; July 10, 2020; October 8, 2020, by 5:00 PM

  • HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) Program (P01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-319)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): March 13, 2018; March 13, 2019; March 13, 2020 , by 5:00 PM 

NSF RFPs

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 6, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-573  The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
10/10/2017 04:00 PM EDT  It was August 25, and Hurricane Harvey’s intensifying winds were moving onshore in South Texas, bringing torrential rains. No one yet knew that Harvey would eventually swamp Houston in flood waters. Nor that a short time later, powerful Hurricane Irma would do the same in many parts of Florida. Nor that little more than a week after Irma, Hurricane Maria would devastate Puerto Rico.    To help scientists understand how such disasters happen and how we can best respond, the National …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=243293&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
Solicitation: NSF 17-575
Due Date: September 19, 2018
Institutional Limit: 3
Limit Summary: Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. Nomore than two of the three proposals may have an engineering focus and only one of the three proposals may have a computer and/or information science focus.
Full Proposal Target Date: November 7, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 10-1267 Supports research on algebraic topology, including homotopy theory, ordinary and extraordinary homology and cohomology, cobordism theory, and K-theory; topological manifolds and cell complexes, fiberings, knots, and links; differential topology and actions of groups of transformations; geometric group theory; and general topology and continua theory. Conferences Principal Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation “Conferences and … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5551&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: November 7, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 08-1269  The Statistics Program supports research in statistical theory and methods, including research in statistical methods for applications to any domain of science and engineering. The theory forms the base for statistical science. The methods are used for stochastic modeling, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. The methods characterize uncertainty in the data and facilitate advancement in science and engineering. The Program encourages proposals ranging from …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5556&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
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Solicitation: NSF 17-575
Due Date: September 19, 2018
Institutional Limit: 3
Limit Summary:Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. No more than two of the three proposals may have an engineering focus and only one of the three proposals may have a computer and/or information science focus.

Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

Topology
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Full Proposal Target Date: November 7, 2017

Program Guidelines: PD 10-1267
 

Supports research on algebraic topology, including homotopy theory, ordinary and extraordinary homology and cohomology, cobordism theory, and K-theory; topological manifolds and cell complexes, fiberings, knots, and links; differential topology and actions of groups of transformations; geometric group theory; and general topology and continua theory.

Conferences

Principal Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation “Conferences and …
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Statistics
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Full Proposal Window: November 7, 2017

Program Guidelines: PD 08-1269
 

The Statistics Program supports research in statistical theory and methods, including research in statistical methods for applications to any domain of science and engineering. The theory forms the base for statistical science. The methods are used for stochastic modeling, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. The methods characterize uncertainty in the data and facilitate advancement in science and engineering. The Program encourages proposals ranging from …
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Probability
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Full Proposal Window: November 7, 2017
October 23 through November 7, annually
Program Guidelines: PD 10-1263  The Probability Program supports research on the theory and applications of probability. Subfields include discrete probability, stochastic processes, limit theory, interacting particle systems, stochastic differential and partial differential equations, and Markov processes. Research in probability which involves applications to other areas of science and engineering is especially encouraged.  Conferences Principal Investigators should carefully read the program …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5555&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 8, 2017
Nuclear Physics – Experiment and Theory
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-561  The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation’s colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest.  The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Accelerator Science; Atomic, … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505058&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Target Date: November 7, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 10-1265 The program in Geometric Analysis supports research on differential geometry and its relation to partial differential equations and variational principles; aspects of global analysis, including the differential geometry of complex manifolds and geometric Lie group theory; geometric methods in modern mathematical physics; and geometry of convex sets, integral geometry, and related geometric topics.  Conferences Principal Investigators should carefully read the …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5549&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 6, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-573 The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 6, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-542  In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503224&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

National Oceanic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2018 Broad Agency Announcement Deadline Extended; NSF comment period

Summaries provided by Federal Science Partners
 — In July 2017 the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) of the National Science Foundation announced that they are partnering with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), NASA, and NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP), via the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), in a “Broad Agency Announcement” (ONR BAA # N000014-17-S-B016) regarding three ocean research and technology topics of mutual and emerging interest including:  CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean and Atmospheric Drivers; Improved and Routine Production, Stewardship and Application of the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Data; and In-situ Ocean Sensor Research and Technology Development.  The October 16, 2017 deadline for the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2018 Broad Agency Announcement has been extended one week until October 23, 2017. This change affects the submission deadline for the Topic 1 and Topic 2 full proposal and Topic 3 Letters of Intent. The Topic 3 full proposal deadline remains on January 29, 2018.
NSF Seeks Information on Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure – On October 6 NSF issued a Request for Information on existing and future needs for mid-scale research infrastructure projects.  The purpose of this RFI is to assess the needs for mid-scale RI from the US-based NSF science and engineering community in order to develop a strategy, in accordance with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA). The AICA requires NSF to “evaluate the existing and future needs, across all disciplines supported by the Foundation, for mid-scale projects” and “develop a strategy to address the needs.” This RFI focuses on mid-scale research infrastructure projects with an anticipated NSF contribution of between $20 million and $100 million towards construction and/or acquisition. This range is of primary interest to NSF as it will help us anticipate the potential impact of lowering an existing threshold as well as identifying promising projects that remain difficult to address within program budgets due to the comparatively large investment needed in a relatively short period of time. After the submission period ends, and the information is analyzed, NSF will summarize the high-level insights drawn from this analysis for the science community and internal NSF use. The deadline for submission to this RFI is December 8, 2017.
Back in January 2012, the National Science Board issued an evaluation of the need for mid-scale instrumentation in response to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (ACRA 2010).  In that report the NSB concluded then:  Overall, the Board finds that the current research infrastructure investments across the Foundation are in alignment with the Board’s earlier forecasts and recommendations on funding and prioritization – including for mid-scale research instrumentation. In particular, the Board finds that NSF’s current balance of small, medium and large instrumentation is sound, and that the variety of mechanisms by which NSF prioritizes, solicits, evaluates, and supports mid-scale instrumentation – both directly, and indirectly through large centers and facilities – provides flexibility and vigor to NSF’s efforts. Consequently, although the Board’s evaluation points to the importance of continuing strongly to support mid-scale instrumentation, the Board does not recommend that NSF expand existing Foundation-wide programs or create a new Foundation-wide program for mid-scale instrumentation at this time.(emphasis added).