FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA) UPDATES
December 11, 2008 :: Press Release:
The Department of Energy announced that Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan has been selected to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a cutting-edge research facility to advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and the evolution of the cosmos. The new facility—expected to take about a decade to design and build, and to cost an estimated $550 million—will provide research opportunities for an international community of approximately 1000 university and laboratory scientists, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students. Facts about FRIB
Nuclei with a large proton-to-neutron asymmetry are produced in stars and exhibit unusual properties. Source: Four Years Later: An Interim Report on Facilities for the Future of Science: A Twenty-Year Outlook' - Office of Science: August 2007.
May 20, 2008 :: Notice: The Department of Energy released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding the submission of applications for the conceptual design and establishment of a Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). Proposals are due July 21, 2008. The full text of the FOA is available here (149KB). The FOA and responses to questioned are posted on the DOE Industry Interactive Procurement System (IIPS).
February 15, 2008 :: Notice: The Department of Energy released a draft Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding the submission of applications for the conceptual design and establishment of a Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). The draft FOA for public comment was posted for 60 days (Comments were due April 15, 2008) on the DOE Industry Interactive Procurement System (IIPS).
January 18, 2008 :: Advance Notice: The Department of Energy gave notice at this website that it was planning to release in February 2008 a draft Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding the submission of applications for the conceptual design and establishment of a Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB).
Three dimensional simulation of the merger of two neutron stars in a binary system. Such systems have recently been implicated in the generation of a class of gamma-ray bursts called short-hard bursts. Careful simulation and analysis suggest that their ejecta are also rich in the nuclei produced in the rapid neutron-capture process. Courtesy of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. Source: Scientific Opportunities with a Rare-Isotope Facility in the United States. National Research Council of the National Academies, 2007.
DOE Proposes a New Nuclear Physics Facility: After an extensive open procurement process, the Department of Energy has selected Michigan State University to design and establish a new nuclear physics facility known as the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). This facility, estimated to cost up to $550 million and take about a decade to design and build, will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on earth) that will enable researchers to address forefront scientific questions in nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics.
FRIB will provide scientists critical information about the properties of rare nuclear isotopes found in the universe in order to better understand the origin of the elements and the evolution of the cosmos. Researchers will also be able to use FRIB to conduct experiments addressing questions of the fundamental symmetries of nature, such as the precision measurement of isospin breaking in rare nuclei, that is the degree to which protons and neutrons are similar or dissimilar in their interactions within nuclei.
The plan to establish a U.S. FRIB has undergone numerous studies and assessments within DOE and by independent parties such as the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science. They have concluded that such a U.S. facility is a vital part of the U.S. nuclear science portfolio needed to complement existing and planned international efforts, will provide capabilities unmatched elsewhere, and should be a high priority for the U.S.
The Frontiers of Nuclear Science, A Long Range Plan, DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC), December 2007 /np/nsac/nsac
Four Years Later: An Interim Report on Facilities for the Future of Science: A Twenty-Year Outlook, DOE Office of Science, August 2007, http://www.sc.doe.gov/Scientific_User_Facilities/History/20-Year-Outlook-Interim%20Report(August).pdf (2.0MB)
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