This is just something I threw together tonight. With time and refinements I think it would be quite useful in game.
Instead of waiting for description popup it is displayed instantly on the right under description
Required research skill and item value is displayed together along with your current research skill level
If you are missing the required schematic you can create it from the same screen instead of leaving the item you chose and navigating back and forth between schematics and your desired item screens
Missing requirements are listed under the description (schematics can be made without leaving screen)
Added ability to filter by "Rank" and "Quality", thereby making finding your items faster and easier
Added "Item Sets" to tabs for Aegis and possible future crafted sets (*hint* *hint* Cryptic!!)
Added "Compare" to allow for comparing selected item to current items that are in use (general comparisons. Ideally "real world" impact like when you view your stats in non-sector space)
Added "Stock" to allow you to see all crafting materials you have access to in bank and inventory (Do I need one more, five more, or twenty more of that material?)
Just an idea... I'll tweak it more as the idea forms better in my mind. Granted all just a suggestion unless Cryptic gives us the ability to create add-ons and UI customizations like other MMO's someday. Then I would just make it myself!
*** UPDATE May 25, 2012 ***
Well I modified and tweaked my design a bit more. I took various suggestions into the design like making it more LCARS like and adding the images for the missing crafting items. I also put up pic of what I imagine the bank (Stock) screen would look like. Next will be comparison screen.