NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program - Internal Deadlines

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program is a limited submission competition for which UNC is restricted to submitting only two equipment acquisition proposals and one equipment development proposal. If necessary, UNC's applicants are selected through an internal competition.

If you are planning to submit an MRI proposal for the January 23, 2014 deadline, you must submit a Notice of Intent to OSP by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 4.

If the number of notices received by OSP does not exceed the number of proposals allowed, you will be notified that you may continue to develop your proposal. However, if OSP receives more notices than NSF allows proposals, an internal competition will be used to determine which proposals will be submitted to NSF. In that case, OSP will provide instructions for preparing internal proposals. To allow as much time as possible for preparing NSF proposals, internal applications will be due on Friday, November 1, with selections made and applicants notified by November 18.

The MRI program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. An MRI proposal must be for either the acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that when combined serves as an integrated research instrument. The MRI program does not support requests for general purpose ancillary laboratory equipment or multiple instruments that serve to outfit a laboratory or research environment. The MRI program also does not support the acquisition or development of instrumentation used primarily for science and engineering education courses (this and other uses of the instrumentation may serve to facilitate the broader impacts of the project).

NOTE: MRI proposals require a 30% cost share, and applicants will be asked to secure a portion of that from their departments/schools/colleges before requesting cost share from OSP.