Research Infrastructure Investments from the Research Development Fund that were awarded Fall 2015
The second call for applications resulted in 18 applications submitted October 23, 2015, that requested more than $24 million.
Applications were reviewed by the RDF-Advisory Committee (AC) who submitted recommendations for consideration by the Management Committee, Deans, Directors, and Executive Oversight Committee.
The following three projects were selected for the second round of infrastructure investment from the RDF for the Fall 2015 application cycle:
- Enhancing in situ Microscopy for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at TAMU
- TEXAS A&M University – Preeminent Research in Imaging Diagnostics for Energy Facility
- Establishing an Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Facility (IMF)
As in the first round, the applications submitted in the second round provided additional evidence of widespread campus research infrastructure needs. The Advisory Committee (AC) also noted important, overlapping themes of core facility and research infrastructure needs that were present again in multiple proposals. The AC recommended that efforts be initiated to engage researchers in discussion about these needs, especially in the areas of mass spectrometry, imaging, and genome sequencing. To this end, it is anticipated that more discussions on mass spec and other infrastructure topics will occur during the coming year, and investigator participation is encouraged.