NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program 2011 (Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. December 10, 2010)
The National Science Foundation recently announced a new solicitation for the NSF Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects (NSF-MRI) program. The NSF-MRI program especially 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. To accomplish these goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. 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).
Full program details can be found at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm.
This is a limited competition (three proposal per institution) and an internal competition may be necessary to select the nominees from CU-Boulder.
Potential nominees from CU-Boulder should submit a CV for the principal investigator and a brief description (1-2 page) of their project to the Vice Chancellor for Research at http://innovation.colorado.edu/competitions/2011_NSF-MRI/application.php by 5 p.m. December 10, 2010.
An internal faculty committee will select CU-Boulder's nominee.
The NSF deadline for full proposal submission is January 27, 2011 (5 p.m. proposer's local time).