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Researchers asked for plans to upgrade UK’s NMR capability

UK plans to buy the world’s most powerful nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging instrument could be rejected due to a slow turnaround to build such a device.

The  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has opened a call for proposals on how best to spend the £22 million earmarked for procuring ultra-high field NMR instruments, and upgrading existing very-high field NMR instruments, used for fundamental and applied research in the life sciences and the physical sciences. 

Mark Smith, vice-chancellor of Lancaster University and the author of a recent EPSRC report on the current UK portfolio of NMR infrastructure and resourcing implications, told Research Fortnight that the research councils would rank the proposals on the deliverability of the kit.

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