Limited Submission Programs - NSF - Instrumentation for Materials Research – Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP)

Summary of Opportunity
NSF - Instrumentation for Materials Research – Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP) [PDF]
OSP Deadline 6/15/10
Funding Agency Deadline 6/21/10 (This opportunity is currently NOT supported by Cayuse424.  Please use the Adobe forms to prepare your application)
Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: The Instrumentation for Materials Research – Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP) program in the Division of Materials Research provides support for the design and construction of major instruments costing more that $4 million by less than $20 million.  Such instruments may include, but are not limited to, key instrumentation for coherent light sources, neutron beam lines, synchrotron beam lines, high field magnets, and detectors.  While all types of instrumentation is encouraged, in FY2010 there will be an emphasis on coherent light sources for R&D proposals.  The program supports three types of awards: research and development (R&D) awards, conceptual engineering and design (CED) awards and construction (CNST) awards. 

An R&D award will support the research and development of major instrumentation and address technical issues that are on the critical path of the engineering design of a major instrument.  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 situation 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.  It is anticipated that about $7-10 million may be available in FY2010 for new Major Instrumentation Projects.  Up to two R&D projects may be funded as a continuing grant or as a cooperative agreement for a maximum of five years at about $1 to $4 million a year.  UP to two CED awards may be funded for up to 3 years through continuing or standard grant, each award for a total of up to $2 million.  Up to one CNST award may be funded through a cooperative agreement, for about $1 to $4 million per year for a maximum for 5 years.

The complete solicitation (PDF) can be found online for review.



Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed ONE proposal
Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates must submit the following materials electronically to no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 (NOTE: submissions directly from PIs will not be accepted):   

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's (or designates) Letter of Nomination with rankings and justification
  2. Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims of/needs for of the proposed project. 

Each department may submit up to 3 internal applications. 



Nominee(s) Selected to Advance No internal nominations were received. If you are interested in applying, please contact Courtney Swaney.
Posting Date 4/06/10