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Smaller Facilities: Letter Report (2004)

Chapter: Appendix D: Site Visit Checklist

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Site Visit Checklist." National Research Council. 2004. Smaller Facilities: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10961.
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APPENDIX D Site Visit Checklist Purpose, philosophy, brief history and anticipated future of facility Major equipment inventory (with cost, replacement cost, age, funding source etc.) Total budget and charging rates Funding sources (host institution, government, industry, other) Staff: permanent/non-permanent (faculty, professional, technical, stu(lent/intern) Annual number of uses per instrument Annual number of users per instrument (host, local, distant, international) Status of equipment Adequate, up-to-date?) · For state-of-the-art facility, what additional equipment is needled? Is support personnel/fun(ling adequate? Most successful aspects of facility (up to five) Ways to improve facility, presently non-optimal (up to five) · Complementary facilities (host, local, distant, international) Educational role versus research role How does facility meet host, local, distant, international needs? How does facility fit into national/international perspective? Recommendations to the committee (up to five) 12

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The Committee on Smaller Facilities is review the current state of small and mid-sized facilities for materials research in the United States at the request of NSF and DOE. Such facilities play a major role in materials research, but they are widely considered to be less than optimally developed or used. To address this concern, the NRC was asked to assess these facilities to help determine ways to use them more effectively. This letter report presents key topics that the committee will explore in depth to carry out this assessment. In particular, the study will assess the characteristics of successful smaller facilities and challenges they face. Recommendations will be provided to enhance the effectiveness of such facilities in performing materials research.

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