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NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

Deadline January 19, 2020

NSF MRI Pre-Proposal Guidelines

Current solicitation -- NSF 18-513

Purpose

The NSF MRI program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

Important Dates and Deadlines

October 5

MRI Pre-proposal due to Sponsored Programs*

*You DO NOT need to formally route your pre-proposal or any NSF forms at this time

October 12

Proposal selection and PI notification

January 6

Full proposal due to Sponsored Programs for review and approval

January 19

NSF MRI full proposal due at the agency

Limit on Proposals

NSF restricts the number of proposal Idaho State University may submit to three. If three proposal are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development, meaning no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition.

An internal competition will be held to select the proposal going forward to NSF.  

Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000.

  • No more than two proposals.

Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

  • No more than one proposal.

ISU Internal Pre- Proposal Guidelines

  1. Cover page
    1. Identify PI and Co-PI’s
    2. Indicated total anticipated costs; including required cost-share and its sources
      1. Cost-share must be verified and documented prior to full submission to NSF.
    3. Indicate proposal type
      1. Instrument Acquisition (Track 1).
      2. Instrument development (Track 2).
  2. Pre-proposal (no more than three single-spaced pages)
    1. briefly address items V.A.3 a-e, Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions from the Program Solicitation NSF 18-513.  Full guidelines can be found here.
  3. Budget
    1. Outline your entire budget, including anticipated required costs and cost-share sources. Sponsored Programs Budget Template_NSF MRI.
    2. Refer to the Budgetary Information in NSF 18-513 when developing your budget.  
    3. Cost sharing is REQUIRED at a level of 30% of the total proposed project cost.  (Note: this is not 30% of the NSF request, but rather 30% of the total project cost.)  
    4. As part of the budget, specifically, describe how this cost-sharing requirement will be met.  Refer to Budget Information Section V.B. to determine how to calculate cost share.

Notes

Review changes to the annual competition, identified in the program solicitation under “Important Information and Revision Notes.”

If this pre-proposal is a resubmission of a full proposal to any agency, copies of the panel summary and review must be included in the pre-proposal documentation.  These pages will not be counted against the three-page max requirement.

Proposal Review

An internal committee will be selected based on the expertise needed to review the pre-proposals that are received. The committee will rank and make recommendations to the Acting Vice President for Research, who will make the final decision.  

Submission

Office for Research MRI PreProposal Submission Web Portal

Questions

If you have any questions about this process or the NSF MRI program in general, please contact Sponsored Programs & Support at x2592, or Steve Wright at x2593.

You can also review NSF MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)