A committee of representatives from each of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) departments developed a policy and procedures for the maintenance of core research equipment at USM. This process is designed to increase the transparency and equity of the use of Maine Economic Improvement Funds (MEIF) for maintaining equipment.
MEIF funds would be made available for core equipment maintenance through a competitive process. A core equipment committee, composed of one (1) representative from each STEM department, evaluate and rank proposals based on the following criteria:
- Is the research supported by this equipment aligned with one or more of the seven MEIF targeted areas: biotechnology, aquaculture and marine technology, composite materials technology, environmental technology, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, information technology and precision manufacturing technology
- Number of researchers who use equipment, & for whom equipment is critical
- Centrality to USM’s mission
- Alignment with USM’s research priority areas
- Grant dollars generated by equipment in last 3 years
- Number of publications in last 3 years based on data generated with this equipment
- Is there similar equipment at nearby institutions that may be shared
- Is there alternative equipment available that could be used to achieve similar goals
- Number of student users/semester for research
- Amount of student work presented at local, regional and national conferences
- Degree to which equipment promotes undergraduate research and education
- Degree to which equipment promotes research interaction among different academic units
- Degree to which equipment usage advances the university’s mission, goals, ands strategic plan
- Centrality of equipment to a degree program
- Total cost of ownership
- Annual service cost
- Annual expendables cost
- Are there other funds available for support of this equipment
- Specialized training or technical support required
- Specialized environment(s) required
For instruments or equipment to be considered for core status, a proposal (5 pages or less) would be submitted that addresses the criteria listed above.
A competitive call for proposals is done prior to beginning of new fiscal year.