The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation program offers support for the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is to be used for research and research training, and that cannot be reasonably supported by other NSF mechanisms.
Proposals for support ranging from $100,000 - $4 million will be accepted from eligible institutions. Proposals for less than $100,000 may be submitted for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences. Cost share of exactly 30% of the total project cost is required.
Limited Submission Details
Institutions may submit two proposals for instrument acquisition and one for instrument development. Inclusion as a subawardee on a development proposal requesting funds in excess of 20% of the total budget request from NSF, or as a subawardee requesting funds on any acquisition proposal will count toward this institutional limit.
Internal NIU Process
If more than the allowed number of submissions is proposed by NIU faculty (with evidence of support for the 30% match), an internal competition will be held to determine the strongest proposals to submit.
Faculty who intend to submit proposals for the MRI competition, and who have secured support for the match, should file a brief statement of their intent to submit a proposal, specifying it as an acquisition or development proposal, to David Stone via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 18, 2013. Should an internal competition be necessary, faculty will receive specific guidelines for internal proposals, which will be due by November 1, 2013. Qualifying proposals will be selected by November 8, 2013, allowing time for development of full proposals for submission by the January 23, 2014 deadline.
Additional information regarding the MRI program, including the current RFP, is available on the NSF MRI program page.
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