NSF ARRA Solicitations

Though of course, the NSF uses R² (recovery & reinvestment) rather than ARRA. Both are limited submissions, with up to two instrumentation acquisition plus one instrumentation development proposal allowed, and just one facilities modernization proposal allowed per applicant institution. Cost sharing (30% of project total cost) is required for the instrumentation program but not the research infrastructure program.

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI-R²)

Full Proposals Due: August 10, 2009

400 awards: Proposal budgets may include requests of $100K-$6M from Ph.D.-granting institutions & up to $6M (no minimum) from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions & the disciplines of mathematical sciences or social, behavioral, & economic sciences at any eligible organization. Up to $40M (of $200M) will be available for the acquisition or development of instruments costing between $2-$6M.

Acquisition proposals are characterized by a rapid implementation requiring limited personnel. MRI-R2 acquisition proposals may also be characterized by a demonstrated need for the purchase or upgrade of generally available, yet sophisticated, instruments with little or no modification for shared use among a group of researchers.

Development proposals are characterized by a demonstrated need for new or upgraded instruments that can provide enhanced or potentially transformative use and performance, open up new areas of research and research training, and/or have potential as commercial products. Development proposals must describe the added performance of the new instrument and the expected impact on the broader research community; development of instrumentation that takes advantage of new opportunities enabled by investments in cyberinfrastructure is encouraged.

Academic Research Infrastructure Program (ARI-R²)

LOI due July 1, Full Proposals due Aug 24.

The ARI-R² program will invest in the repair, renovation, or in exceptional cases, the replacement of existing research facilities. It will not support the construction of new research facilities. Organizations may submit one proposal, either as lead or as a sub-awardee but not both.

Approximately 100 awards ranging from a total of $250K-$2M; 6-10 awards ranging from $2-$5M; and 3-5 awards ranging from $5-$10M. The award duration for ARI-R² grants up to $2M is up to 3 years; award duration for grants $2-$10M is up to 4 years.

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  1. Proposal budgets may include requests of $1K-$6M from Ph.D.-granting institutions & up to $6M (no minimum) from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions & the disciplines of mathematical sciences or social, behavioral, & economic sciences at any eligible organization.

    No minimum as opposed to a $1000 minimum? Program staff had a meeting to decide on that distinction between PhD-granting and non-PhD-granting institutions?

    Okay, okay – my bad. $100K, corrected above. – writedit

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