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The National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, research museums and non-profit research institutions. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments.  The MRI program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-institutional use and in concert with private sector partners.

The MRI Program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is too costly for support through other NSF programs. The maintenance and technical support associated with these instruments are also supported. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus.

Proposals will be considered for instrumentation used for any NSF-supported field of science, mathematics, and engineering. The research activities using this instrumentation need not be supported by NSF or the federal government.

Because MU is limited in the number of proposals we were allowed to submit to this competition, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research, 203 Jesse Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22.  Letters of intent should be no longer than three pages and should include 1) the investigators, types of research and sources of funding expected to use the equipment; 2) a brief description of the instrumentation; 3) a rationale for acquiring or developing the instrumentation and its potential impact on research at MU; 4) the anticipated cost of the project; and 5) whether the application will be for instrument acquisition or development.

Amount: Awards for instrumentation will range from $100,000 to $2 million. Ph.D. granting institutions are required to cost share at a level of 30% of total eligible project costs.
MU Deadline: Letters of intent must be submitted to 203 Jesse Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22.
Foundation Deadline: MRI deadlines are annually the fourth Thursday in January. Next year that will be January 26, 2006.

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The distribution list above includes all research deans and the chairs of departments in the physical, life, social and behavioral sciences. This program represents an opportunity that MU should not miss. I would urge you to forward this notice to faculty, discuss the opportunity with your colleagues, and submit letters of intent that will address our instrumentation infrastructure needs.


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