MAJOR RESEARCH EQUIPMENT:
The NSF established this account several years ago to fund the construction of large scale research facilities. After completion, facility operation and maintenance money is provided through the Research and Related Activities budget.
NSF is requesting $85.0 million for six facilities in FY 2000. This amount is down $5.0 million, or 5.6%, from the current year. Many of these facilities are of particular interest to the physics and astronomy community. The NSF budget document provides the following descriptions: