LIMITED SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITY
03/02/2020
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NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development, NSF 18-513

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.

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.
Sponsor
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Limits
UNLV is limited to  TWO (Track 1) and ONE (Track 2)   proposals.
Deadlines
OSP Required Notice of Intent: 05/04/2020 12:00 Noon
Submit NOI via the Limited Submission Portal
No late submissions will be considered. Information needed: PI information, project title, one pg abstract and three potential internal reviewer names.

Sponsor Deadline: 01/19/2021
Highlights

CFDA #s: 47.041, 47.049, 47.050, 47.070, 47.074, 47.075, 47.076, 47.079, 47.083

Budgetary Information: 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.

30% cost sharing required .

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.
Althea Sheets | Awards Manager | althea.sheets@unlv.edu | 702-895-1880