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The Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities Program (CRIF) responds to a variety of needs for infrastructure that promote research and education in areas traditionally supported by the NSF Division of Chemistry (CHE). The Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation component of CRIF (CRIF:MU) provides funds for the purchase of multi-user instruments.

The CRIF:MU program strongly encourages principal investigators to exploit cyberinfrastructure to facilitate broadened access to instrumentation and the data it provides. The CRIF:MU program requires a departmental plan for broadening participation of underrepresented groups within the chemical sciences as part of a program-specific review criterion.

Please note that the CRIF program has two other components and that neither of these limits the number of applications that MU may submit:

  • CRIF:ID The Instrument Development component provides funds for the design and construction of instruments that will enable new chemical measurements or will significantly broaden the use of chemical instrumentation.
  • CRIF:CRF–Cyberinfrastructure and Research Facilities component provides funds to establish and support either centers for the development of cyber-enabled chemical research, or regional or national instrumentation facilities. Awards in CRIF:CRF range from $300,000-1,200,000/yr for up to five years.

Because MU is limited to two applications (one that must involve cyberinfrastructure) for the CRIF Multi-User Instrumentation program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, March 14, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to a two-page summary describing 1) the proposed instrument, 2) how it will be utilized, 3) the impact the instrument will have on research activities, and 4) who will use the instrument.


The maximum request is $500,000 for instrumentation. Additional funds may be requested for personnel who are needed to support cyber-enhanced projects. Awards have a three-year duration and are nonrenewable.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2008

Sponsor Deadline:

June 23, 2008

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in chemistry-related disciplines. Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at

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