Matthew Hawkins

Head, Large Facilities Office, NSF Large Facilities Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management

Matt Hawkins heads the National Science Foundation’s Large Facilities Office (LFO) that is responsible for providing project management assistance and agency-wide assurance for NSF’s broad portfolio of major multi-user research facilities. The LFO is the NSF’s primary resource for development and implementation of all policies and procedures related to the full life-cycle over sight of major facility projects, and is the NSF-wide resource on project management good practice. The LFO also facilitates coordination and collaboration throughout NSF to share application of lessons learned from prior projects.

From 2008 to 2014, before taking over the LFO, Hawkins was a Program Officer for Ship Acquisition and Upgrade in the Division of Ocean Sciences at NSF. He was responsible for providing oversight for the R/V Sikuliaq (Alaska Region Research Vessel) and the Regional Class Research Vessel projects ($200M and ~$300M respectively). From 1992 to 2008, Hawkins was employed at the University of Delaware, College of Marine Studies as Chief Mate, Senior Research Vessel Captain and finally the Director of Marine Operations where he managed construction of the U.S. Academic Research Fleet’s newest coastal research vessel; the Hugh R. Sharp. Immediately out of college, he served three years as a commissioned deck officer aboard research and survey ships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Hawkins has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, and a Master’s degree in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University. In his spare time, he enjoys boating and flying.


NSF Opening Remarks
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 8:00 am
Teresa Grancorvitz, NSF Chief Financial Officer, and Matt Hawkins, Head of the NSF Large Facilities Office, will highlight key NSF activities associated with research infrastructure.

An Update on the LFM (retitled Major Facilities Guide)
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 1:05 pm
The updated “Large Facilities Manual (LFM)” under the new title “Major Facilities Guide (MFG) is scheduled to be in effect in Fall 2019. This revision adds a section for guidance on mid-scale research infrastructure projects; updates sections related to NSF policy on research infrastructure, roles and responsibilities for NSF staff, divestment stage, earned value management, cybersecurity, and property management; and clarifies cost estimating requirements, the construction stage total project costs including NSF policy on contingency and reporting requirements. This session will be a brief presentation the changes and give participants the opportunity to ask questions regarding these changes.

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