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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Dale Frail, Science and Academic Affairs
Phil Jewell, Deputy Director
- 16 Apr 2007