NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development Program Solicitation NSF 10-529
Internal Deadline: 5 pm, February 22, 2010
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
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. Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations.
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.University of Colorado Proposal Selection: An institution may submit no more than three proposals (with at least one for instrument development), which requires that we hold an internal competition to select our candidates. Interested applicants should use the form below to submit the following by 5 pm, February 22nd 2010: a 3-page prospectus describing the project and a rough budget. Since participating colleges and departments/units will be expected to contribute a portion of the significant cost sharing that is required for this program, we are also requesting a letter of support from the applicant’s chair or dean. Those wanting to resubmit a revised proposal should note in their summary how they have addressed the concerns of previous reviews. Interested parties will be asked to present a brief (5-10 min) oral presentation to an ad hoc university committee who will select the nominees by early March, leaving time to complete and submit full proposals by the April 21, 2010 deadline.