Below is information on the upcoming NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant. If you are interested in applying, contact your associate Dean for Research as soon as possible.

Please send a one page pre-proposal, including the following information, by Friday, October 28, 2016 to your associate Dean.

1. Name of PI and co-PIs
2. Names of all other faculty at the university who would benefit from the equipment
3. Cost of the equipment, including purchase price, ongoing maintenance costs, training, etc.
4. Planned or potential instructional applications of the equipment
5. Description of that the equipment does, in terms understandable to a general technical audience.
6. What related devices already exist on campus and what additional functionality would the proposed device allow?
7. How much would the proposed device be used?
8. NSF track record of the proposing team members

By Friday, November 4, 2016, the Associate Deans will choose two proposals to submit in January 2016. Internal approval will be largely based on probability of success.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 11, 2017

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, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.
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.
The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers.
The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.
Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.
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 cost-sharing and cannot include it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
Full proposal description