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NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program: UWL Notices of Intent (NOI) are due Nov. 6

The NSF MRI program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers, and scientific/engineering research organizations. It supports acquisition of instrumentation that aids research and research training goals 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.

NSF limits the number of MRI applications each institution may submit; thus, interested UWL faculty/staff should submit a brief (i.e., up to one-page) notice of interest (NOI) via email to grants@uwlax.edu by November 6. NOIs should include the following information:

  1. Indication of whether MRI application would be Track 1 (between $100,000-$1 million) or Track 2 (between $1-4 million)
  2. Summary of the need for the equipment that would be acquired or developed
  3. List of the internal and/or external collaborators that would be involved in the application and their respective roles (e.g., responsibilities for equipment training and/or maintenance, how equipment would be used by respective collaborators)

Submit NOIs to grants@uwlax.edu; include your department chair and college dean in the CC line. The UWL Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will facilitate review of NOIs and will notify faculty/staff invited to submit full applications shortly thereafter. Please contact ORSP (grants@uwlax.edu) with questions.

Deadlines:

  • Required UWL notices of intent (NOIs) are due to grants@uwlax.edu by November 6, 2019.
  • Full applications are due to NSF during the submission window: January 1-19, 2020.