NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grants

Call for Internal pre-proposals for NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grants

The National Science Foundation allows only two or three submissions per year from each institution (depending on requested budget) for its Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) competition. For the 2020 competition, the Office of Research anticipates having several teams of KSU investigators interested in submitting proposals. Therefore, we need to make an internal determination of which proposals will be submitted to the NSF. The program announcement can be found at: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18513/nsf18513.htm.

Questions regarding the pre-proposal process may be directed to Evelina Sterling, director of research development and strategic initiatives, via email at esterlin@kennesaw.edu.

Please be advised that any faculty wanting to submit an MRI proposal for the January 2020 submission window will need to submit the following as a single pdf to sponprog2@kennesaw.edu by Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

A.   Cover page consisting of:

  1. Project title (also indicate whether acquisition or development proposal)
  2. Contact information of Principal Investigator
  3. List of co-PIs and other senior personnel

B.   A ‘white paper’ preliminary proposal (no more than 5 pages, not counting references) that:

  1. Describes the instrument, the need, the research activities to be enabled, the impact on research training and infrastructure at KSU and the management plan
  2. Summarizes any communications with program officer
  3. Includes a statement of the capabilities that would make the proposal competitive, especially previous experience with the sponsoring agency or other prerequisites such as a precursor project, unique equipment or use of new and innovative concepts;
  4. (If applicable) if desiring to resubmit a previously declined proposal, a narrative of how reviewers’ critiques are to be addressed.

C.   Budget/budget justification (2 page max; estimates OK); please note that KSU has unexpectedly retained its non-doctoral status for one more year and cost matching is therefore not necessary. Formal or informal quotes are welcome.

D.   NSF biosketches of all senior investigators;

E.  Reviews of prior attempts (if applicable); If desiring to resubmit a previously declined proposal, include the complete reviews of the most prior submission.