New TEAMER Facility Process
If your facility would like to apply to become a member of the TEAMER Facility Network, please read the following process and criteria prior to submitting an application.
Applications to be included for the RTFS 3 are due by December 4, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered for future rounds.
Facilities may apply to join the TEAMER Facility Network at any time. However, application reviews will only take place quarterly. TEAMER Facilities are categorized under the following categories:
- Modelling & Analysis
- Lab & Bench Testing
- Tank, Flume, Tunnel or Basin Testing
- Open-Water/Field Testing*
Organizations may submit facilities or areas of expertise in as many categories as they like, and may submit multiple facilities or areas of expertise within their organization under the same category (for example a facility may have both a wave flume and a tow tank). If your facility has capabilities in more than one category, please submit separate applications for each category (e.g., one application for Lab & Bench Testing and one for Modelling & Analysis).
All TEAMER Facilities must be located in the United States.
*DUE TO THE COMPLEXITIES OF OPEN WATER TESTING, THOSE FACILITIES ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE TEAMER NETWORK DIRECTOR DIRECTLY TO BEGIN DISCUSSIONS FOR INCLUSION IN THE NETWORK.
Upon review, the TEAMER Technical Board will make a recommendation of one of the following:
- Accept. Fully accepted and ready to be included in future Request for Technical Support (RFTS) opportunities.
- Accept, with limitations. Only some of the proposed capabilities will be accepted to be included in future RFTS opportunities.
- Follow-up required. The Technical Board may request additional information or evidence from the facility in order to qualify for acceptance.
- Decline, upgrades required. Facility does not qualify at this time but with certain upgrades or experience the facility may qualify in the future.
- Decline. Facility will not qualify under any circumstance to participate.
Once a decision has been made, the TEAMER Network Director will work with the facility to finalize its role in the TEAMER Facility Network.
All facilities in the TEAMER Facility Network will be reviewed annually. Those out of compliance may be removed from the Network or required to meet compliance before continuing their participation.
Facility Evaluation Criteria
New Facility Applications will be reviewed against the following criteria.
- Existing recognition
- Peer reviewed publications in application area
- Previous work or interest in field
- Science/Engineering infrastructure capacity
- Proof that facility infrastructure can deliver a broad range of technical support.
- Proof that facility has sufficient capabilities to record and process R&D data.
- Proof that facility has appropriate equipment and/or software to complete any modelling requests.
- Please include software licenses and certifications when necessary.
- Science/Engineering personnel capacity
- Facility staff have sufficient knowledge and experience to provide technical support.
- Facility availability
- The facility will have sufficient availability to support TEAMER RFTS’s within the allotted timeframes.
- Facility has ability to negotiate and execute agreements with the Network Director and Technical Support Recipient (TSR) in a timely manner.
- Unique aspects
- Aspects of facility infrastructure, personnel, and/or recognition that would be unique within the TEAMER network