Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP) program

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 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, for example, neutron beam lines, synchrotron beam lines, and high field magnets, as well as development of detectors and preparation environments necessary to support materials research.

The program supports two types of awards: Conceptual and Engineering Design (CED) awards and Construction (CNST) awards. 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 or through some other source.

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 8, 2009. Letters of intent should be no longer than three pages and should include 1) whether the application will be for a 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.


awards up to about $2 million. CNST award, funded through a five-year cooperative agreement, for about $1 million to $4 million per year

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2009

Sponsor Deadlines:

June 29, 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.

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