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Major Research Instrumentation (MRI

)

Nathaniel G. Pitts Director, Office of Integrative Activities (703) 306-1040 npitts@nsf.gov

Goals
Support the acquisition, through purchase, upgrade, or development, of major state-of-the-art instrumentation for research, research training, and integrated research/education activities at U.S. Institutions; Improve access to and increase use of modern research and research training instrumentation by scientists, engineers, and graduate and undergraduate students; Enable academic departments or cross-departmental units to create well-equipped learning environments that integrate research and education; Foster the development of the next generation of instrumentation for research and research training; and Promote partnerships between academic researchers and private sector instrument developers.

FY 2000 Overview
Total funding--$50 Million Instrumentation Acquisition or Development Two proposals for acquisition or development; a third for development. An institution may be part of a consortium. Award size--$100,000 to $2 Million Cost sharing--30% required Deadline - January 18, 2000

Eligible Institutions
U.S. Institutions of Higher Education Independent Non-Profit Research Institutions Research Museums Legally Incorporated Consortia

Program Administration
MRI solicitation (NSF 99-168) published electronically on the NSF homepage-hard copy not available; Proposals required to be submitted electronically using the NSF Fastlane system; At time of submission, PI’s asked to identify and NSF directorate to review proposal.

Evaluation Criteria
Research merit Impacts of the proposed activity Additional Consideration Instrument development with a private sector partner; Geographic distribution; Instrumentation advances NSF’s strategic goals; Non-Ph.D. granting and minority institutions; Ability to demonstrate the shared use of the instruments for research and/or research training.

Other Review Considerations
Integration of Research and Education
A principal strategy in support of NSF’s goals

Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities
NSF is committed to this principle of diversity

PI’s are expected to address these issues in their proposal so that reviewers can fully respond to both NSF merit review criteria.

FY 1999 Proposal & Award Information by Directorate
# of Proposals 102 38 111 64 150 2 16 483 # of Awards 35 13 36 24 51 0 7 166 Total NSF Funding $11,222,705 $5,491,284 $9,919,338 $9,856,986 16,555,044 $240,000 $2,875,680 $56,161,037

Directorate BIO CISE ENG GEO MPS OPP SBE TOTAL:

$ Requested $61,399,682 $28,425,916 $56,501,836 $37,532,204 $80,895,170 $1,560,034 $9,085,238 $275,400,080

FY 1999 Awards by Directorate
35% 30% 25% 20%
14%

31%

21%

22%

15% 10% 5% 0%

8%
4%

BIO CISE ENG GEO MPS SBE

FY 1999 Development vs. Acquisition Awards

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Development Acquisition

80%

20%

FY 1999 Proposals Submitted by State
5 5 5 6 49 9 1 5 1 6 2 3 2 14 2 5 3 7 6 24 3 5 7 10 17 43 4 24 6 15 5 6

18 10 15 12 2 10 4 8 10 7 6 3 6 8 10 8 22

1
Bermuda

3
Puerto Rico

FY 1999 Awards by State
1 3 3 2 3 3 27 10 13 2 2 7 1 5 9 1 4 2 5 4 2 3 2 4 1 1 1 3 2 1 2 2 4 5 4 1 2
Puerto Rico

2 2

8 2

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