This year has been an important one for the National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison (NMRFAM). The facility's co-directors were awarded a NIH grant to pioneer innovative methods for solid-state NMR; then, an NSF award helped establish a multi-institution network for advanced NMR.
Now, another award from the NIH will help NMRFAM maintain and excel in the services it provides to scientists and other users, such as facilitating experiments that scientists may not be able to perform at their home institutions.
The NIH R24 award will enable broad access and maintain affordable access to the facility for external users, lowering the barriers to NMR and maximizing the impact of NMRFAM. A proposed next-generation user program will improve the rigor and reproducibility of NMR data collection, and ongoing outreach and user training opportunities will help users successfully apply their NMR data to answer their biological questions of interest.
“This award will support continued implementation of state-of-the art methods into our established solution NMR user program so that users have access to the latest technology,” said NMRFAM co-director Katie Henzler-Wildman. “It will also enable us to expand our user program to include solid-state NMR methods that will be of interest to scientists studying membrane proteins, fibrils, and other complex biological materials.”
NMRFAM provides timely, reliable access to mature NMR technology and applies NMR to a wide array of biological research questions. NMRFAM is at the forefront of standardization, data stewardship and dissemination of best practices to the research community.