November 15, 2012

Limited submission opportunities: National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program now accepting applications

The National Science Foundation’s annual Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program is now accepting applications. Full proposals are due at NSF Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Detailed information is at NSF’s website.

Pre-Proposal Packets

Vanderbilt is limited to three proposals for instrument acquisition or development. If Vanderbilt submits three proposals, no more than two can be for acquisition. Interested faculty should send Elizabeth Rapisarda the following as a single pdf via email by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7:

• Approximate title of the intended proposal — please indicate if it’s for acquisition or development;

• Faculty PI and co-investigators, including other significant users for the requested instrument(s);

• Brief (one-page maximum) description of the intended use of the instrument(s), including the themes of the intended research;

• A preliminary budget, providing information about the equipment sought and the approximate targeted dollar level;

• Statements from the appropriate school/budget officers or their designees regarding cost-sharing commitments (see cost-sharing, below); and

• The PI’s history in the last five years with MRI submissions, including whether successful or not.

30 percent cost-sharing

Thirty percent cost-sharing is required for MRI submissions. Pre-proposals must include statements from the appropriate school/budget officers or their designees (for A&S – George Sweeney; Engineering – Janiece Harrison; Medical School/Center – Susan Meyn) indicating that area’s willingness to contribute, as appropriate, to the 30 percent cost-share, should your proposal be awarded one of the slots.

Interested groups should contact them by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. (As a reminder, inclusion of voluntary committed cost-sharing is prohibited.)