Reviewers use this information to determine if the PI has the equipment needed to achieve the research committed to in the proposal. This section should be written in the narrative style and should not include financial information. This section is also an opportunity to elaborate on equipment potentially mentioned elsewhere in the proposal.
In an NSF proposal, the Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources section must include, for each site, the capacities, pertinent capabilities, relative proximity, and availability of the following:
The University of Texas at Dallas has fostered a strong tradition of academic excellence since its inception in 1961 as the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest. It is host to seven schools with 30 doctoral programs, emphasizes interdisciplinary research, and features a student population as diverse as its areas of study.
UT Dallas has over 19,000 students and plans to grow to 22,000 by 2019. For several years, incoming freshman have had the highest average SAT score of any public university in Texas. The 2012 freshman cohort had the largest-ever number of National Merit Scholars, 53, up from 39 in 2010 and more than any other UT System institutions combined. UT Dallas is academically strong enough to attract Nobel laureates and top researchers to the faculty and flexible enough to offer a range of multidisciplinary coursework that entices top students. The 2012 faculty includes Dr. Russell Hulse, 1993 Nobel Prize awardee in Physics, and four members of the National Academies.
Growth at UT Dallas is concentrated in targeted areas of excellence in science, technology, medicine, business and the arts. Total research expenditures in 2011 were about $94 million and the University has a strategic plan to increase that to $130 million by 2019. UT Dallas has over 1.7 million square feet of space dedicated to academic, classroom, and research purposes with more being built. In 2007, the University opened the $85 million, 192,000 square feet state-of-the-art Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory building (NSERL) followed in 2009 by a 400-bed dormitory, and expanded student dining hall. The Science Learning Center for undergraduate instructional science labs opened in mid-2010. In 2011, the Venture Development Center opened. The center is an 8,000-square-foot business incubator established to facilitate the launch of UT Dallas affiliated startups. The Center's overarching purpose is to accelerate the growth of fledgling high-tech companies and assist with the commercialization of innovations developed at the University.
Leadership at UT Dallas understands that the most fertile areas for research often lie at the intersections of traditional disciplines, where the insights of people coming at problems from different perspectives can produce surprising and valuable results. NSERL incorporates large open lab spaces with specialty labs to promote interdisciplinary, collaborative research among scientists from such disparate fields as physics, electrical engineering, materials science, chemistry, biology, and neuroscience. NSERL includes a $3 million vacuum system for the Nanoelectronics Materials Laboratory that is capable of thin film deposition using PVD and CVD methods including electron beam evaporation, molecular beam deposition, atomic layer deposition, sputter deposition and thermal evaporation methods. A Class 10,000 microelectronics cleanroom for the fabrication and characterization of nanoscale materials and devices plus several smaller cleanrooms for additional research are also located in the building. Addressing the need for advances in analog technology, UT Dallas opened the Texas Analog Center of Excellence in 2008. TxACE is funded with $16 million from the Semiconductor Research Corp., the State of Texas, Texas Instruments Inc., UT System, and UT Dallas. While it is based at UT Dallas, there are participating researchers at more than a dozen universities dedicated to improving analog technology with a focus on public safety, security, medical care, and energy independence.
The University's ability to attract and retain top students has propelled UT Dallas into national prominence within a few short years. U.S. News and World Report ranks UT Dallas as the third best public university in the state behind UT Austin and Texas A&M. UT Dallas was ranked 46th in the top 100 "Best Value" public colleges in the United States, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance in 2012 and 29th out of 100 schools named to a new Times Higher Education magazine list of the world's most outstanding young universities, of institutions younger than a half century.
Suggested situation: The University of Texas at Dallas Office of Research. "UT Dallas General Institutional Description," last modified August 2, 2012.