Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP) program provides support for the design and construction of major instruments costing more than $4 million but less than $20 million. The program also supports the development of detailed conceptual and engineering design for new tools for materials preparation or characterization at major user facilities.  Such instruments may include, but are not limited to, key instrumentation for coherent light sources, neutron beam lines, synchrotron beam lines, high field magnets, and detectors. While all types of instrumentation are encouraged, in FY2010, there will be an emphasis on coherent light sources for R&D proposals.

The program supports three types of awards: Research and Development (R&D) awards, Conceptual and Engineering Design (CED) awards, and Construction (CNST) awards. An R&D award will support the research and development of major instrumentation and address technical issues that are on the critical path of the engineering design of a major instrument. A CED award will enable the proposer to do the necessary engineering design of the instrument. A CNST proposal may only be submitted after a satisfactory engineering design of the instrument has been completed and has been approved by both the facility at which the instrument will be situated and by NSF. The program does not provide operating funds for projects it supports through this solicitation. Operational costs must be supported either by the facility or the institution at which the instrument is located..

Because MU is limited to one proposal for this program letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2010.  Letters of intent should be no longer than three pages and should include 1) whether the application will be for an R&D, CED, or CNST award, 2) a brief description of the instrumentation; 3) a rationale for acquiring or developing the instrumentation and its potential impact on research at MU; and 4) the anticipated cost of the project.


R&D projects may be funded as a continuing grant or as a cooperative agreement for a maximum of five years at about $1 to $4 million a year. CED awards may be funded for up to three years totaling up to $2 million. CNST awards, funded through a five-year cooperative agreement, for about $1 million to $4 million per year.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

June 21, 2010


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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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