Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) - NEW REQUIREMENTS
Nov 6th 2017, 20:57
Solicitation: NSF 18-513
Due Date: January 29, 2018
Institutional Limit: See Limit Summary
Three (3) as described below. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.
The MRI program requires that an MRI-eligible organization may, as a performing organization, submit or be included as a significantly funded subawardee in no more than three MRI proposals. Beginning with this competition, each performing organization is now limited to a maximum of three proposals in revised “Tracks” as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2. Any MRI proposal may request support for either the acquisition or development of a research instrument. Within their submission limit, NSF strongly encourages organizations to submit proposals for innovative development projects.
Any MRI proposal may request support for either the acquisition or development of a research instrument.
Note: The 30% cost-sharing requirement applies to only the portion of the total project cost budgeted to non-exempt organizations, including those participating through subawards. When required, cost-sharing must be precisely 30%. Cost sharing 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 cost-sharing and cannot provide it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. See section V.B. for specific information on cost-sharing calculations and the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used for the MRI program.
The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) –Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
This program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.
Please note: The MRI program requires matching Funds. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information. Create your cost share information in the Fundraising section of the project description.
Research Office Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017
Track 1 - request support for the acquisition of a shared, major, state-of-the-art instrument, thereby improving access to, and increased use of, and a modern research instrument by scientists, engineers, and students.
Track 2 proposal - request support for the development of the next generation of major instrumentation, resulting in a new type of instrument that is more widely used, and/or opens up new areas of research and research training.
Agency Deadline: January 10, 2018
Anticipated Funding Amount: $75,000,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 160
Limit on Number of Proposals per organization: 3 (If 3 proposals are submitted, at least one must be for instrument development, no more than two may be for instrument acquisition.)
In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than three proposals are submitted.
General guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:
COVER SHEET (1 page)
PROJECT DESCRIPTION (1 - 4 pages)
Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional – but as you write envision who might be a reviewer of your proposal or the Program Officer.
Questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org