National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL)


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1800 E. Paul Dirac Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32310-3706
United States

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The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) develops and operates high magnetic field facilities that scientists use for research in physics, biology, bioengineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and engineering. It is the only facility of its kind in the United States and one of only nine in the world. It is the largest and highest powered magnet laboratory, outfitted with the world's most comprehensive assortment of high-performing magnet systems. Many of the unique facilities were designed, developed, and built by the world's premier magnet engineering and design team of the NHMFL in collaboration with industry. The laboratory, established by the National Science Foundation in 1990, is equally committed to promoting science education and developing the next generation of science, engineering, and science education leaders. A variety of programs, opportunities, and mentorship experiences are available for teachers and students at all academic levels-K-12 through post-graduate. The laboratory, with its distinguished faculty and world-class facilities, provides a truly unique interdisciplinary learning environment. High magnetic fields are a critical link in the development of new materials that impact nearly every modern technology. Electric lights, computers, motors, plastics, high speed trains, and MRI all came about after researchers learned more about materials and living structures through magnet-related research. Research at the NHMFL-conducted at the frontiers of science-will underpin the technologies of the 21st century and improve the quality of life for all Americans. Among many other activities, the laboratory is actively engaged with efforts to restore the Florida Everglades, grow protein crystals in zero gravity (significantly more cost effective than similar Space Shuttle experiments), and develop power technologies for the all-electric ship to be used by the U.S. Navy and in public utility areas.


To provide the highest magnetic fields and necessary services for scientific research conducted by users from a wide range of disciplines, including physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, biology, and geology. The laboratory focuses on four objectives to implement this vision:

  • The development of a wide range of user facilities and services for magnet-related research at the frontiers of science and are open to all qualified scientists and engineers;
  • The advancement of magnet and magnet materials technology in cooperation with industry;
  • The promotion of a stimulating multidisciplinary research environment and the administration of an high- quality, in-house research program that utilizes and helps to advance the facilities;
  • The development of an extensive educational outreach program that capitalizes on the unique resources of the laboratory in order to address national needs in science, research, technology, and related fields.

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Electron Magnetic Resonance Facility (EMR)
High B/T Facility
Ion Cyclotron Resonance Facility (ICR)
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging / Spectroscopy
Pulsed Field Facility

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Attending meetings and conferences is a vital and necessary career-development step for scientists in all disciplines, but such attendance can be financially and logistically burdensome for early career scientists struggling to balance this time-intensive part of their careers with the demands of family life.

The MagLab hopes to mitigate some of this strain with the implementation of a new dependent care travel grant program. Subject to the availability of funding, the MagLab offers small grants up to $800 per calendar year for qualified short-term, dependent-care expenses incurred by eligible recipients when traveling.

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory offers researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories the opportunity to utilize the unique, world-class facilities of the laboratory to conduct magnet-related research. The Visiting Scientist Program provides financial support for these research projects on a competitive basis.

The primary intent of this program is to provide greater access to the unique facilities at the Magnet Lab and to seed research programs that help advance the laboratory. Funding is principally intended to partially support travel and local expenses. Requests for stipends are considered but given a lower priority.

The amount of support generally ranges from a few thousand to $20,000. Beyond conducting the research as approved and maintaining fiscal integrity, the researcher has one additional responsibility, which is to provide the Magnet Lab with a progress report on request and a final report on their research to be included in the online version of the NHMFL Annual Report.

Application Guidance

The National Science Foundation has charged the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) with developing an in-house research program that:

  • utilizes the NHMFL facilities to carry out high quality high field research at the forefront of science and engineering; and
  • advances the NHMFL facilities and their scientific and technical capabilities.

To this end, the NHMFL envisions a research program that not only guides and stimulates magnet and facility development, but additionally provides intellectual leadership for research in magnetic materials and phenomena.

The User Collaboration Grants Program seeks to achieve these objectives through funded research projects of normally 1-2 years duration in the following categories:

  • small, seeded collaborations between internal and/or external investigators that utilize their complementary expertise;
  • bold but risky efforts which hold significant potential to extend the range and type of experiments; and
  • initial seed support for new faculty and research staff, targeted to magnet laboratory enhancements.

The User Collaboration Grants Program strongly encourages collaboration between NHMFL scientists and external users of NHMFL facilities. Projects are also encouraged to drive new or unique research, i.e., serve as seed money to develop initial data leading to external funding of a larger program. In accord with NSF policies, the NHMFL cannot fund clinical studies. Funding will only be provided for research taking place at NHMFL facilities, and funded projects generally cannot send research funds to non-NHMFL institutions.


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