NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 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) section.

For this program, the University may submit no more than three proposals. If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition). Please note that mandatory cost sharing of at least 30% is a requirement for both acquisition and development proposals.

Interested faculty must submit an abstract, CV, and budget. For the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, submit to Cindy Gary (Cindy.Gary@rochester.edu); for the School of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, submit to Debra Haring (debra.haring@rochester.edu); and for URMC SMH, submit to Catherine Muzytchuk (Catherine_Muzytchuk@urmc.rochester.edu), using the words “MRI Instrumentation” in the subject line. Applications must be received no later than October 15, 2012.

The Deans will send their ranked proposals to Jason Adsit by October 31st.   A final decision from the Provost on the nominations moving forward to the NSF will be announced November 9th.

The complete program solicitation can be found here. The full proposals are due January 26, 2013. It is important to remember that ORPA must receive electronic proposals five (5) business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline, along with a completed and signed University sign-off form.


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