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NSF Major Research Instrumentation Limited Submission

Jul 26th, 2017 -- dmbsrs

Update -The competition has closed. Interested parties should contact David Bond.

Please refer to the MRI program page full solicitation at NSF 18-513 when responding.

Synopsis.  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. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition or development of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use.

Organizational Limit.  RIT may submit a total of three proposals across both tracks as described in the solicitation.

Internal Proposals.  In a Word or pdf document, please provide a narrative of no more than three pages with the following information:

  1. Principal Investigator and team (names, titles, departments).
  2. Proposal Title (include Acquisition or Development as appropriate).
  3. Total Project Costs, NSF Request and Cost Sharing (30% required).  Indicate source(s) of cost sharing.
  4. Summarize NSF funding for the PI and named co-PIs (up to 5 individuals total).
  5. Describe the specific research and research training activities and projects that will be enabled with the desired instrumentation, and any sources that may support those activities and projects.
  6. Describe the research instrument and the needs it fills.
  7. Describe the impact the instrument will have on research and training infrastructure at RIT.  Explain how it will improve RIT’s capabilities to conduct cutting edge research, how it will provide research experiences for undergraduates, and how it will broaden participation in research.
  8. Describe how the instrumentation a) differs from existing equipment at RIT, b) differs from existing equipment in the region, and c) improves access to instrumentation.
  9. Provide a brief management plan for the instrument, including how the instrumentation will be available for shared use and to whom (individuals or departments/colleges/other units).
  10. Provide reasonable detail about the space, installation costs, operating costs and maintenance costs for this instrument during and after the award period.  Describe departmental and college support and plans for unforeseen expenses.  Vendor quotes may be provided if available, and do not count against the page limit.
  11. If this is a revision of an earlier proposal submitted to NSF, attach the NSF panel reviews and briefly summarize your plan to address them.  This does not count against the page limit.
  12. Include any additional information of relevance not addressed above. 
  13. A statement of support from the college dean, center director, or department chair (optional).  This does not count against the page limit.



 Internal Proposals - Send all documents to by 5:00 pm on August 31, 2017. 

 Full proposals are due to NSF between January 29, 2018 - February 05, 2018.