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Mid-scale Research Infrastructure

Developing an agile process for funding experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range. The National Science Foundation's science and engineering activities rely increasingly on infrastructure that is diverse in space, cost and implementation time -- everything from major observatories to nationwide sensor networks to smaller experiments. There are many important potential experiments and facilities that fall between these; this gap results in missed opportunities that leave essential science undone. The long-term consequences of that neglect will be profound for science as well as for our nation's economy, security and competitiveness. We need a new approach to research infrastructure, one more dynamic and flexible in response to this new reality.




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