Washington, DC - Developing an agile process for funding experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range. The National Science Foundation's science and engineering activities rely increasingly on infrastructure that is diverse in space, cost and implementation time - everything from major observatories to nationwide sensor networks to smaller experiments.
There are many important potential experiments and facilities that fall between these; this gap results in missed opportunities that leave essential science undone. The long-term consequences of that neglect will be profound for science as well as for our nation's economy, security and competitiveness. We need a new approach to research infrastructure, one more dynamic and flexible in response to this new reality.