Oregon State University

Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI)

Instrument Acquisition or Development

NSF 13-517


The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) - Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) 2014 program.

Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Monday, October 7, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.

The MRI serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: Three (two instrument acquisition and one instrument development).

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than three proposals are submitted. The finalists will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposals to the NSF-MRI program by the January 23, 2014 deadline.

Information:  Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390

Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office:

  • Title of Project
  • PI/Co-PI, Department and College
  • Type of Proposal (instrument acquisition or instrument development)
  • Instrument Location
  • Instrument Acquisition proposals should include:
    • Detailed description of the requested instrument and clearly explain why it is needed.
    • Description of how and by whom the requested instrumentation will be operated and maintained and the anticipated costs needed to operate and maintain the instrument.
    • Brief description for allocating the instrument time and anticipated usage and down time.
  • Instrument Development proposals should include:
    • Describe the design concept, the rational for the new instrument and the development strategy.
    • Describe the organization of the project staff and methods of assessing performance.
    • Include plans for making the instrument design readily available to other researchers.
    • Describe the plans for the operations and maintenance of the instrument.
    • Describe plans for attracting and supporting new users.
    • Brief description for allocating the instrument time and anticipated usage and down time.
  • Describe how the instrumentation aligns with the OSU Research Agenda http://oregonstate.edu/research/research-agenda
  • Describe the ways in which the activity will promote partnerships between OSU researchers and private sector instrument developers.
  • Detailed budget being requested from NSF (limit one page).
  • Standard NSF style biosketch for PI (limit two pages).
  • Letters of intent are limited to seven pages (including budget and biosketch, single spaced, 12 pt. font).
  • Submit electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Contact Info

Incentive Programs
Research Office
Oregon State University
A312 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone 541-737-8390
Fax 541-737-9041
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