To: Chairs, Departments in the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences
From: Nick Novak, Graduate School
Date: September 23, 2013
Subject: NSF-Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Notices are due at the Graduate School on Friday, November 8, 2013; Applications are due for internal review on Friday, November 22, 2013.
The MRI program accepts proposals for 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 instrument 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 instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (in contrast to requests for multiple instruments that enable research in a common or focused research domain, which MRI does not support). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or that will be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.
Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences.
The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit is limited to two, but if at least one proposal is for instrument development, three proposals may be submitted. This limit includes significantly funded subawardees (20% or more of total budget request for development proposals OR any acquisition proposals). For this reason we will convene an ad hoc committee to review the applications internally and to select the projects to be forwarded to NSF.
NSF requires cost-sharing in the MRI program of exactly 30% of the total project cost.
The Graduate School has a limited amount of funds available each year to assist applicants to the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program when that program requires a match. The Graduate School will consider committing a contribution to the match for successful applications, but not more than 50% of the required match nor more than $300,000. However, potential Graduate School contributions are also subject to the availability of funds, competitive review and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.
This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.
Notice of intent (proposal or subaward): Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with “NSF MRI-PI name” in the subject line by Friday, November 8, 2013 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:
Applications for internal review: Send your application for the internal competition to email@example.com as a pdf file with “NSF MRI-PI name” in the subject line by Friday, November 22, 2013. Your application for the internal competition should include the following information:
For those projects selected, complete proposals must be submitted using NSF FastLane. Information about campus procedures for FastLane is posted on the RSP Web site. The NSF proposal deadline is Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5 pm CST.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Nick Novak (608) 265-4868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org