Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI)

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M Faculty and PIs

National Science Foundation

Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI)

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15504/nsf15504.pdf

 

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

 

Institutional Eligibility:  Institutions of higher education may submit three (3) proposals.  If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).

 

PI Eligibility:  There are no restrictions or limits.

 

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

 

Proposal Limit: 3, If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).

 

Summary:  The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

 

Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission -eligible organizations are encouraged.

 

The MRI program assists with 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 program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers.

 

The instrument acquired or developed 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, well -integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can 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 from any MRI-eligible organization 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.

 

Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D. -granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree -granting organizations. Non-Ph.D. -granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot include it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. 

 

Dates:

 

October 7, 2016

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 

 

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

October 14, 2016

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

 

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

 

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch (per PI), and preliminary budget.

 

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.


If you have any questions, please contact:

 shelly.martin@tamu.edu  or 979.862.2233.

 

December 1, 2016

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

January 11, 2017

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal (due by 5:00 p.m. proposer’s local time).

 

 

Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.

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