The National Science Foundation invites proposals for the 2017 Major Research Instrumentation competition. Here is some key information about this opportunity:
- “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 MRI program does not fund research or education projects, including research or education projects that use an instrument acquired or developed with support from the program.
- “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. The degree to which the planned uses of the proposed instrumentation constitute exciting, ground-breaking, or transformative research is a significant factor in the merit review evaluation of MRI proposals. Researchers using this instrumentation need not be supported by NSF or the Federal government, but reviewers should understand how users of the instrument will support and disseminate their research.
- Requests can range from $100,000-$4 million
- “Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing.”
- This opportunity is subject to Spelman’s Policy on Limited Submissions. Spelman may nominate up to two instrument acquisition proposals.