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NSF Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities: Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation (CRIF:MU)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities Program (CRIF) is structured to enable the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Division of Chemistry (CHE) to respond to a variety of needs for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas traditionally supported by the division. The Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation component of CRIF (CRIF:MU) provides funds to universities, colleges, and consortia for the purchase of multi-user instruments or upgrades of existing equipment. Proposals to enable remote access to existing instruments will also be considered. CRIF:MU proposals will only be reviewed if the majority of the research projects are in areas normally supported by CHE.

The Division encourages investigators to exploit advances in networking, web-based tools and other facets of cyberinfrastructure in order to facilitate broader access to the requested instrumentation. In addition, CHE is committed to broadening participation of underrepresented groups within the chemical sciences. The CRIF:MU program requires a departmental plan for broadening participation as part of a program-specific review criterion.

Please note that the CRIF program also offers the Instrument Development (CRIF:ID) program which provides funds for the design and construction of instruments that will enable new chemical measurements or will significantly broaden the use of chemical instrumentation. There is no limit on the number of applications that MU may submit for this component.

Because MU is limited to one application for the CRIF Multi-User Instrumentation program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to a two-page summary that describes 1) the proposed instrument and its anticipated cost, 2) how it will be utilized, and 3) investigators expected to use the instrument


Award size is limited to $500,000 for instrumentation. Up to $100,000 over the cost of the instrument, including indirect cost, may be requested for personnel who are needed to support cyber-enhanced projects if the instrument is cyber-enabled. Awards will have a three-year duration and are nonrenewable.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

June 22, 2010


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