SEA New Equipment Proposals - 2018
As part of our goal to sustain excellence in research at Rice, the Shared Equipment Authority, a faculty committee comprised of fifteen members drawn from throughout sciences and engineering, works to increase the availability and facilitate the use of shared research infrastructure on campus. The SEA currently oversees nearly 100 pieces of shared research instrumentation that support the efforts of dozens of research groups from both schools, as well as users external to Rice. User fees are charged to cover consumable costs and maintain the instruments. To view the current list of SEA equipment, please see http://sea.rice.edu.

SEA will have approximately $250K available for new instrument acquisition. We invite the science and engineering community to submit suggestions for equipment that they believe would be of great value as shared research infrastructure.

If you would like to recommend an instrument, please fill out the attached form in its entirety. Please remember that the SEA considers a shared instrument or facility to be one used by the research groups of two or more faculty members and two or more departments. After a basic triage, the SEA board will hold meetings where these proposals will be discussed and evaluated; criteria to be weighed include: enhancement and innovation of the research capabilities on campus; breadth and size of anticipated user base; ability of the tool to be financially sustainable; possible needs for space and staffing; etc.

As part of our long-term plan for research equipment and staffing support, the SEA Board will review and prioritize these recommendations beginning 2018. Please respond by Feb 1.

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Name of Proposed Equipment *
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Short Description (500 words max) including make and model if possible
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Detailed Justification (1000 words max): include benefit to Rice Research Programs & inside/outside user capabilities
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Expected Purchase Price
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Expected Consumables & Maintenance Contract Cost
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Expected Staff Scientist Needs: i.e. does the instrument require a dedicated staff member for training or operation? Could a member of your group serve as Super User to train new users?
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Suggested Location of Equipment (Building, Room)
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If no location available, how might it be facilitated and what cost (consider facilities construction/modification requirements).
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Anticipated Users (list departments)
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Comparable Facilities at Rice?
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Comparable Facilities outside Rice? Is this instrument typically shared at other institutions? If so what is a typical user fee?
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Possible Alternative Funding Sources/Cost Share Available?
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