NSF Major Research Instrumentation Awards: Information for potential applicants

Date 08/24/17 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location 404 Old Main
Contact Monica Grubb
Contact Email mmm25@psu.edu

The NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training 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. 

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. 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.

As an organization, PSU University Park is limited to submit no more than two acquisition proposals and one development proposal for each competition. Therefore, there is an internal competition and selection that is administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the University Research Instrumentation Committee.  

The Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office (SIRO) supports the submission of MRI proposals submitted by PSU University Park. This workshop, coordinated by SIRO, will provide attendees information and strategies for competing in the MRI program (including discussion with MRI awardees) and will provide an opportunity to ask questions and gain information about the internal selection process at Penn State. The workshop will be Webcast by Zoom for those unable to attend in person. For connection details, please contact Monica Grubb (mmm25@psu.edu).

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