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Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)

Limited Submission Announcement

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Post Date:



$100,000-$4 million

Proposals of less than $100,000 will be accepted only for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences.

Campus Deadline:

Monday, October 19, 2015

External Deadline(s):

January 13, 2016 | 5:00 PM CT


Limit on Number of Proposals: 3.  If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (Track 2) (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition [Track 1]).

Acquisition (Track 1): For the purchase or upgrade of a generally available, yet sophisticated, instrument with little or no modification. Award period up to three years.

Development (Track 2): For a new or extensively upgraded instrument with potentially transformative use (i.e., performance in new areas of research or as a commercial product). Award period up to five years.

Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost  is required.



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