Funding

The MPRL is generously supported by research grants from federal and internal (AU) organizations agencies.

National Science Foundation (PHY-1740784)
National Science Foundation EPSCoR program (OIA-1655280)
US Department of Energy (SC-0016330)
US Department of Energy – Plasma Science Facility (SC-0019176)
NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory  (JPL-RSA 1571699)

The MDPX facility was developed and built through a grant from the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) program:  PHY-1126067


Funding portfolio for MPRL (as of October, 2019):

National Science Foundation (NSF) $6,581,000 
Department of Energy (DOE) $4,386,000 
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) $653,000 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) $510,000 
Other Federal Agencies (NRL, etc.) $22,000 
Subcontracts $174,000 
Total Support (1998 – present):$12,326,000

Current Active Research Grants – detailed information

DOE – The Magnetized Plasma Research Laboratory as a DOE Plasma Science Facility (DE-SC0019176)
PIs:  E. Thomas, Jr., U. Konopka (9/1/18 – 8/31/21)

DOE  – Collaborative Research:  Advancing the Physics of Magnetized Dusty Plasmas (DE – SC0016330)
PIs:  E. Thomas, Jr., U. Konopka (8/15/16 – 8/14/20)
Funding:  $850,000

NSF – EPSCOR: RII Track-1: CPU2AL: Connecting the NSF Plasma Universe to Plasma Technology in AL: the Science and Technology of Low-Temperature Plasma (OIA-1655280)   
PIs:  G. Zank (UAH); E. Thomas (AU); R. Branam (UA), Y. Vohra (UAB), V. Rangari (Tuskegee) (9/1/17 – 8/31/22)
Funding:  $20,000,000  [Auburn University portion:  ~$3.6 million]

NASA/JPL:  Complex Plasma under Microgravity, Utilizing  the International Space Station Experiment “PK-4” and Beyond (JPL-RSA 1571699)
PIs:  U. Konopka, E. Thomas, Jr., J. Williams (6/1/17 – 5/31/21)

NSF:  Complex Plasma under Microgravity, Utilizing  the International Space Station Experiment “PK-4” and Beyond (PHY-1655280)
PIs:  U. Konopka, E. Thomas, Jr.,(6/1/17 – 5/31/21)