2012 NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

Application

This contest is closed.
Directions

Internal Deadline: 5:30PM, December 5, 2011

NSF Full Proposal Deadline: January 26, 2012

Subject: 2012 Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI).

The University of Colorado has been invited by NSF to participate in the 2012 Major Research Instrumentation Competition. Only 3 applications per campus are allowed and are limited to 2 instrument purchases, up to 3 total (1 must be instrument development). An CU internal competition will be held to choose our 3 applicants. Interested parties are invited to submit their materials on-line to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Please paste the following into your browser and upload pdfs of the following requested materials: http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2012_MRI/application.php

Internal materials are the following:

  • Full CV of the PI
  • Project prospectus (2-3 pages) that includes a brief summary of the project with clear statement of intent to request instrument purchase versus instrument development. Include how shared instrumentation will foster the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments, and will improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering. Note: 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

The internal deadline for receipt of these materials is 5:30PM on December 5, 2011.

 

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
 
Synopsis of Program:
The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This 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). 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. Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found in the MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri.
 
Instrument acquisition or development 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.
 
Cost-sharing at the level of 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement.