October 3, 2017

VUMC Limited Submission Opportunity: NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

VUMC may submit up to three proposals for the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, which supports either the acquisition or development of a single shared research instrument for inter- and/or intra-organizational use. The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers. VUMC is limited to 3 total submissions across two tracks: 

  • Acquisition proposals (Track 1; $100,000-$4 million over 3 years): The Acquisition track is for the purchase or upgrade of a shared, major, state-of-the-art instrument that requires little or no modification. 
  • Development proposals (Track 2; $100,000-$4 million over 5 years): The Development track supports the development of the next generation of major instrumentation, resulting in a new type of instrument that is more widely used, and/or opens up new areas of research and research training. Note that the MRI program welcomes substantive and meaningful partnerships for instrument development between the academic and private sectors.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For either track, Cost-sharing of precisely 30 percent of the total project cost is required! Inclusion of voluntary committed cost-sharing is prohibited.

Anyone interested in being considered to submit one of VUMC’s proposals must submit the following (in a single PDF) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18:

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) project description including summary budget
  2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director including a department or center commitment to the REQUIRED 30 percent cost-sharing
  3. CV or NIH Biosketch

Please review the solicitation, the FAQs, and the previously awarded projects for more information regarding the program. Following the internal process, the full proposal is due to NSF by Jan. 10, 2018. Any questions about this opportunity may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu.