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NSF Highlights 2011

LA-SiGMA was created with several success indicators in mind. Some of the global metrics used to assess the impact of the project on the jurisdiction's Science & Technology enterprise are tabulated below:

Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Project Goal Summative Metric Success Criteria
Increase State's competitiveness for securing a federally funded national center of excellence in Materials Science through collaborative research
  1. Success rate for federal proposals submitted
  2. Major collaborative grants with interdisciplinary and interinstitutional researchers during RII
  3. Accepted pre-proposals for centers during RII
  4. Site visits for federally funded centers during RII
  1. US average
  2. 10

  3. 4

  4. 2
By the end of the RII project, Louisiana will succeed in establishing a federally funded center of excellence such as a MRSEC, NSEC, or STC.
Increase focus of graduate education and training in the State on areas related to Materials Science
  1. Statewide IGERT in Materials Science
  2. NSF Graduate Fellowships secured by students working on Materials Science projects statewide
  1. ≥1

  2. ≥20
The RII project and related activities will establish a national model for collaborative graduate education and training in the area of Materials Science.
Leverage CI and train workforce on the use of next generation high-performance computing environments
  1. Research groups using toolkits and infrastructure developed by the "CyberTools" RII project
  2. Codes ported to 21st-century computing environments
  1. 25%

  2. >2 by Y3
The RII will develop new paradigms for effective collaboration between computer scientists and computational scientists while training young scientists to make effective use of the next generation of cyberinfrastructure for computation, data analysis, visualization, and communication.
Strengthen relationships between State's universities and national labs and industries
  1. Number of papers/conference proceedings resulting from graduate internships in industry or national laboratories each year
  2. Industrial grants to support research in materials science to participating institutions during RII
  1. >5

  2. ≥10
The RII will build the foundations for sustainable economic development in the State through mutually beneficial collaboration between academia and industry.
Develop a highly trained workforce that sets national benchmarks in diversity.
  1. 6-year graduation rate of women and minority graduate students participating in the project
  2. REU students from two-year colleges entering degree programs at four-year institutions
  3. Percentage of two-year college teachers in RET programs.
  1. 100%

  2. 25%

  3. 15%