NSF seeks proposals for researchers in need of major research instrumentation funding

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Proposals for the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation solicitation are due to WSU’s Office of Research on Friday Sept. 30. This is a limited submission opportunity; WSU is only able to submit three proposals. The opportunity has been very popular in the past, so it is likely there will need to be an internal competition to determine which proposals will be submitted to the NSF. All interested parties should respond to proposals@wichita.edu with their intent to apply as soon as possible.

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. NSF 15-504 For additional information about the solicitation visit http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15504/nsf15504.htm.

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