NSF Funding $400 Million to Renovate Facilities and Increase Access to Shared Research Instruments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that it will give $400 million in awards for the renovation of science facilities and the purchase of major equipment at higher education institutions as part of the Recovery Act (ARRA).

Funding will be allocated equally between these one-time programs.

The Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R²) will use $200 million for approximately 120 awards of varying sizes to repair, renovate, and in some cases replace existing research facilities to help enable next-generation research infrastructure that integrates shared resources across user communities. The award duration for ARI-R² grants up to $2 million is up to three years; award duration for grants over $2 million up to $10 million is up to four years. The deadline for letters of intent is July 1, and for full proposals is August 24. The full announcement is at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09562/nsf09562.htm?govDel=USNSF_25

The Major Research Instrumentation Program ("MRI-R²") will use $200 million for 400 awards ranging from $100,000 to $6 million to increase access to "shared" scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in the nation's science centers, museum, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education. Proposals must be from PhD-granting institutions and are due August 10th, 2009. Proposals must include a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for postdoctoral researchers in accordance with the America COMPETES Act. Requirements for cost sharing, and provisions for waivers, also apply. The full announcement is at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09561/nsf09561.htm?govDel=USNSF_25