Grant Renewal Allows Cutting-Edge Research to Continue at Mag Lab

By: Lanetra Bennett
February 4, 2013

More than 1,100 scientists and engineers from across the world conduct experiments using the state-of-the-art equipment in the FSU National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

Monday, the National Science Foundation presented its certificate of grant renewal to the lab.

The director of the lab, Greg Boebinger, says, "This is the core grant that funds the magnet lab. Without this grant, there's no magnet lab. This grant will definitely help us further super-conducting technologies."

The $168 million grant is a five-year agreement. It's $11 million more than the previous grant.

The only facility of its kind in the United States, the Mag Lab is the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world.

Scientists say this allows for cutting-edge research that has a important practical applications for society.

Scientists are working on super-conducting materials. They say their research will revolutionize they way we manage energy in the future.

Fleming Cril with the National Science Foundation says, "You have these talented scientists, talented engineers, all these students involved and the National Science Foundation wants to let them push back the frontiers of science."

NSF administrators say the grant renewal is a result of the science community's confidence in the lab.

The grant renewal process is merit-based. The NSF says it received reviews and assessments from the community.

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