This week at the lab, the mail carrier is picking up a plan for the future.
After months of work, the National MagLab is submitting a comprehensive renewal proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF), offering an exciting vision for high magnetic field research from 2018 through 2022.
In 1990, the NSF relocated the national facility charged with operating a high magnetic field user program to Florida State University, founding the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The lab, a partnership among Florida State University, the University of Florida and Los Alamos National Laboratory, has continued to receive financial support from the NSF through five-year renewal grants ever since.
While the mail carrier is not technically involved in the proposal submission (the hundreds of pages are uploaded electronically to a special NSF website), thousands of researchers and experts from around the world were.
"The grand challenges, science drivers and key initiatives encapsulated in this proposal were developed in concert with the lab's more than 1,600 users," said National MagLab Director Greg Boebinger. "They also respond to the bold ideas proposed in the National Academy of Sciences' 2013 MagSci Report.
Proposal submission is just the first step in a funding marathon that won't cross the finish line until sometime in mid-2017. An extensive peer-review process comes next, which will include a site visit in late August.
Text by Kristin Roberts / Photo illustration by Stephen Bilenky and Caroline McNiel.