Sponsor:  National Science Foundation (NSF)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: NSF 13-517, replaces NSF 11-503
Funding Amount: 175 standard grants totaling (estim.) $90M in FY13. Up to $35 million of these funds will be available to support proposals requesting $100k-$4M from NSF, pending overall proposal pressure and quality. Please note that cost-sharing at the level of 30% of the total project cost is required.

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: Kaeli (ECE) and Whitford (Phys); Busnaina (MIE); Fei (ECE)


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 12/21/2012
Sponsor Deadline: 02/21/2013

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

NOTE: NSF recently re-announced the MRI program with a new submission deadline. All other requirements remain the same.

Currently, three acquisition proposals are competing internally. The three pre-proposals that have been submitted will be held and included for evaluation. We have no development proposals as of yet. We welcome more MRI proposal submissions especially development proposals for internal evaluation who can go forward for final submission.

Only three (3) proposals may be submitted per organization.  The MRI program requires that an organization may submit or be included as a funded subawardee/subcontractor in no more than three MRI proposals. No more than two proposal submissions may be for instrument acquisition.   An unfunded collaboration does not count against the submission limit.  See URL for details.

If you are planning to submit, please call Horst Wittmann (-3836) immediately and by NO LATER THAN 21 December 2012, submit a 2-page pre-proposal following the format defined in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.


Funding Areas

This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.  Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual).  The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.  Proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.


–              Randy L.Phelps, (703) 292-8040, email: mri@nsf.gov


–              http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11011/nsf11011.jsp

What has been funded URL:  http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/progSearch.do?WT.si_n=ClickedAbstractsRecentAwards&WT.si_x=1&WT.si_cs=1&WT.z_pims_id=5260&SearchType=progSearch&page=2&QueryText=&ProgOrganization=&ProgOfficer=&ProgEleCode=1189&BooleanElement=true&ProgRefCode=&BooleanRef=true&ProgProgram=&ProgFoaCode=&RestrictActive=on&Search=Search#results