US National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Biological Infrastructure announced an award to create a novel ‘Network for Advanced NMR’ (NAN)

On June 17, 2021, the US National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Biological Infrastructure, via the NSF mid-scale RI-2 program, announced an award (#1946970) to create a novel ‘Network for Advanced NMR’ (NAN).  The NAN Principal Investigator is Professor Jeffrey Hoch at the University of Connecticut Health Center, with co-Principal Investigators Professors Chad Rienstra and Katherine Henzler-Wildman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and co-Principal Investigator Professor Arthur Edison at the University of Georgia.

Bruker would like to commend the Principal Investigators of NAN for their vision and leadership, and congratulate them again on this major NSF biological infrastructure award.

Link to: NSF Award Search: Award # 1946970 - Mid-scale RI-2 Consortium: Network for Advanced NMR 

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The NSF Award states:

This award will support the establishment of a geographically distributed Network for Advanced NMR (NAN) in the U.S. to provide ultra-high field NMR spectrometers to allow users to tackle important and diverse scientific problems and to educate and train the next generation of scientists and engineers. Scientific research areas enabled by these systems cover a wide range of problems in structural biology, dynamics and function of different biological systems from molecules to whole cells and tissues, complex mixtures, metabolomics, and natural products. Non-biological applications include, but are not limited to, amorphous materials, battery components, pharmaceutical ingredients, nanomaterials, surface coatings, and catalysts. […]

The NAN will operate by a hub and spoke model that dynamically adapts to meet evolving community needs. The hub at the University of Connecticut will facilitate access to state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation, experimental protocols, and experts by US researchers. Existing cyberinfrastructure will be leveraged and expanded to serve the storage, analysis, and data-reuse needs for a large community of researchers. The project also includes plans to purchase two 1.1 GHz NMR spectrometers for installation at the NAN spoke locations. One system will be installed at University of Wisconsin for solid-state NMR research. The second system will be installed at the University of Georgia and be dedicated to solution NMR studies.

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