Limited Submission: NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

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Limited Submission: NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) September 27, 2018

SF State Limited Submission Guidelines

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Source: Federal

Title of Funding Opportunity: Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI)

Link to program announcement

Deadlines:

To AVP, ORSP & Associate Dean of COSE  for review and approval: October 22, 2018, 9:00 AM

AVP, ORSP & Associate Dean of COSE  decision: October 29, 2018

If accepted, ORSP 7-business day deadline for internal approvals:  January  11, 2019

Full Proposal: January 01, 2019 - January 22, 2019

 

Required materials for ORSP submission:

  1. Pre-Proposal REQUIREMENTS:
    MRI Document
  2. Summary no longer than three pages in length
  3. All on- and off-campus collaborations
  4. Publications or other indicators of productivity in the past 3 years relevant to this FOA

Program officer contact information
(it is highly recommended that you contact this person early in the process)

 

Synopsis of offering:

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.
MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.
An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each performing organization may submit in revised “Tracks” as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than $1,000,000.
  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Consistent with the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-69), cost sharing of precisely 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 and cannot include it. National Science Board policy prohibits voluntary committed cost sharing.
Please see the solicitation text for organizational definitions used by the MRI program.
The MRI Program especially seeks broad representation of PIs in its award portfolio, including women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities. Since demographic diversity may be greater among early-career researchers the MRI program also encourages proposals with early-career PIs and proposals that benefit early-career researchers.
 

Eligibility as stated by sponsor

Keywords: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, STEM

 

Questions about this limited submission opportunity

For CoSE PIs: Uschi Simonis, Assistant Dean for Research (CoSE), uschi@sfsu.edu
All other units:  Michael Scott, AVP for Research, ORSP, mjscott@sfsu.edu

 

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