New funds for major equipment



Earth sciences laboratories in the academic world have been in desperate need to replace, improve, or otherwise obtain research apparatus in recent years. The grants available from federal government agencies have not allowed for major equipment purchases, but very recent changes in fund allocation now provide for the purchase of major apparatus for analysis, experimentation, field studies, and for computation and data processing in the earth sciences. Such equipment is described by a guideline brochure recently released by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Earth Sciences, as being ‘commonly too expensive and of too broad potential use to be adequately justified by a regular research proposal.’ To initiate the program, NSF has allocated $5 million for earth sciences equipment in fiscal year 1984.