As part of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, one of the roles of the AMRIS Facility is to run a user program for the larger scientific community. A pilot study that falls within the goals of this program, can be supported to pay for magnet time and any AMRIS Facility staff assistance needed. To apply for time through this user program to support pilot studies, there is an online user portal where the proposal can be submitted.
The request consists of creating a user profile and uploading a pdf file containing a description of the proposed experiments and an NSF- or NIH-style biosketch. Once submitted, the application takes about 1-2 weeks for external review. If reviewed favorably, an award will be make for up to $5000/year toward AMRIS services, which may be renewed for up to three years (a particular instrument can be specified in the proposal, but will be given access to any of the appropriate instruments as the project progresses). In return for this support, the investigator will be asked to submit a one-page report on progress each year, to report any resulting publications or students trained through the project, and to acknowledge the NHMFL and AMRIS Facility in any resulting publications.
The example application shows the general format–please make sure to indicate whether there are under-represented minority or female participants in your study, since the NSF will track these demographics, as well as institutional affiliations.
We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions regarding the review process, please contact Joanna Long, the Director of the AMRIS Facility, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Thomas Mareci, the Associate Director of the AMRIS Facility at email@example.com.