Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities Program (CRIF)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

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.CRIF:MU proposals will only be reviewed if the majority of the research projects are in areas normally supported by CHE.

The CRIF:MU program strongly encourages principal investigators to exploit cyberinfrastructure to facilitate broadened access to instrumentation and the data it provides. In 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 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 (with one involving cyberinfrastructure) 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, March 27, 2009. 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.


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

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2009

Sponsor Deadline:

June 22, 2009

URL for more information:

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.

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