• We seek to enable exciting and important research in an environment that puts education of students first (we value research in partnership with education).
  • We want to reward excellence in research and teamwork in the past as a harbinger for the future (we value records of accomplishment).
  • We seek to make the whole better than the individual sum of the parts (we value investments for the team).
  • We promote bandwagon and non-bandwagon research (we value both the majority and minority).
  • We seek ways to share instrumentation to keep costs down (we value using money wisely).
  • We seek to reward those who have sought funding (we value both thoroughbreds and workhorses).
  • We want to grow our junior faculty and help faculty from under-represented groups (we value diversity of personnel).
  • We want pragmatic investing in infrastructure that allows us to excel within our niche, but daring in growing our niche when we can see potential growth in the future (we need to invest strategically).
  • We need to sometimes attract or retain talent.
  • We need to ask, are there other sources of funds or is this the only place for funds.