November 11, 2010

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity

NSF announces its Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program. Full proposals are due at NSF Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Complete details are found in the NSF funding announcement.

Vanderbilt is limited to three proposals maximum for instrument acquisition or development. Interested faculty should submit pre-proposals as outlined below in a PDF attached to e-mail to Elizabeth Rapisarda at in the University’s Vice Provost for Research office by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8. Proposals must include:

• Approximate title of the intended proposal, noting if it is for acquisition or development;
• Faculty PI and co-investigators, including other significant users for the requested instrument(s);
• Brief (one page) 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 regarding cost-sharing commitments (see below); and
• The PI’s history in the last five years with MRI submissions, indicating success rate.

Pre-proposals should include statement(s) of institutional support for the NSF-required 30 percent cost-share from the appropriate school officers or their designees.

VUMC investigators are strongly encouraged to contact Susan Meyn in the Office of Research by Monday, Nov. 29, for review of proposals and to ensure institutional support is available before submitting pre-proposals to the Vice Provost’s office.

University investigators should contact either George Sweeney in Arts and Sciences, or Janiece Harrison in Engineering.