NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program FY 98

Published: November 3rd, 1997

Category: Memos

Karen A. Holbrook, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Dean of the Graduate School

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for the acquisition or development of major pieces of scientific instrumentation. The deadline for proposals to NSF is January 30, 1998 (approximately three weeks earlier than last year). Awards will range from $100,000 to $2 million with 50% cost sharing provided by the awardee institution. We may submit up to three proposals-two for instrumentation acquisition or development plus a third solely for instrumentation development.

Because of the restriction on the number of submissions, the following procedures have been established:

  1. Preproposals are due at 223 Grinter Hall, Office of the Vice President for Research, by 12 Noon, Monday, December 8, 1997. We will ask the Campus Research Awards Selection Committee to move quickly on its review.
  2. Preproposals should be no longer than 3 pages and include the following:
    • A description of the instrumentation to be purchased/developed;
    • Impact of the instrumentation on current/future research and research training activities;
    • Demonstrated need for the equipment;
    • Qualifications of the persons who will use or develop the instrumentation;
    • Projected cost and plans for providing the matching funds (e.g., college share; industry contribution; request to ORTGE; etc.).
  3. A list of NSF-funded research projects at UF that will benefit from this instrumentation must be included. Please provide specifics such as PI, project title, budget/project period, award amount.
  4. ORTGE will consider requests for matching funds from eligible colleges and departments NSF Major Research Instrumentation (excluding IFAS and Engineering; exceptions will be made for interdisciplinary projects). Any request for matching funds must be co-signed by the Dean, Department Chair and appropriate Vice President and attached to the preproposal.
  5. Preproposals should be accompanied by the written endorsement of the applicant’s Department Chair and Dean.

Guidelines for the NSF MRI Program are available electronically (http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9816) or from our Program Information Office, 392-4804. Please alert the appropriate faculty in your area to this opportunity.

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