Dear Colleagues,

A few weeks ago, AUI settled the warranty claim with Lockheed Martin for the GBT azimuth track remediation. The settlement amount is $4.55M, and has been received by AUI.

This amount is roughly the out-of-pocket expense that NRAO has incurred in the project. The majority of track spending has come from the Green Bank budget, but a sizable fraction has also come from the NRAO budget, at large.

Since the track work has bled money away from Observatory priorities, particularly in instrumentation, development, and infrastructure areas, we would like to see the funds used for one-time strategic investments or infrastructure improvements. These requests should be in the spirit of needs and opportunities that have been deferred over the past few years owing to the track work, but should reflect current priorities and the current state-of-the art in science and instrumentation. Telescope and lab managers have already been contacted for their suggestions on infrastructure improvements. This call is being made to the NRAO research staff for instrumentation or technical development proposals.

Proposals are solicited requesting amounts in the range of $50K to ~$1M. For requests in excess of $1M a project plan will be required if the proposal is accepted. We encourage partnerships with universities or other non-NRAO groups in order to leverage both funds and expertise. Proposals should be brief (<10 pages) but they must contain scientific and technical justifications and preliminary cost estimates (including personnel costs). The enclosed excel template should be used for budgets.

Please submit proposals to the Director's Office ( by April 16th, 2007. These will be reviewed and a rank ordered list will be submitted to the Director by April 24th, 2007. This compressed timescale is necessary to prepare for budget negotiations with NSF in early May.

Dale Frail, Science and Academic Affairs Phil Jewell, Deputy Director

-- DaleFrail - 16 Apr 2007
Topic revision: r1 - 2007-04-16, DaleFrail

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