NSF LIMITED SUBMISSION RFP for Major Research Instrumentation


TITLE: Major Research Instrumentation Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development  (MRI) NSF 11-503, replaces NSF 10-529

MRI:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm

FAQ:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11011/nsf11011.jsp

What has been funded:


DUE:  January 24, 2013 and every 4th Thursday in January thereafter

LIMITATIONS:  Only three (3) proposals per organization.   The MRI program requires that an organization may submit or be included as a funded subawardee/subcontractor[2] in no more than three MRI proposals. No more than two proposal submissions may be for instrument acquisition.   An unfunded collaboration does not count against the submission limit.  See URL for details.

AWARD:  175  standard grants totaling (estim.) $90M in FY13.  Up to $35 million of these funds will be available to support proposals requesting $100k-$4M from NSF, pending overall proposal pressure  and quality.  Please note that cost-sharing at the level of 30% of the total project cost is required.

SCOPE:   This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.  Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual).  The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.  Proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.


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