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Instrumentation Funding Opportunities: NSF MRI and Lehigh CREF

NSF MRI and Lehigh CREF Outcomes

2015-2016 NSF MRI review outcomes | 2015-2016 Lehigh CREF awards

2014-2015 NSF MRI review outcomes | 2014-2015 Lehigh CREF awards

2013-2014 NSF MRI review outcomes | 2013-2014 Lehigh CREF awards

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NSF MRI (2016-17)

September 16, 2016 - NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Idea Exchange

We strongly encourage representatives of all groups considering submission of proposals to present at the Idea Exchange workshop, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on Friday, September 16, in RBC (Rauch Business Center) room 291. Each group will have ten minutes to present what they are considering proposing, with the intent that discussion with colleagues enables teams to develop the strongest possible proposals. The VP for research and the deans of the colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering will be in attendance. Please express interest in presenting by email to VPResearch@lehigh.edu by September 12 and be prepared to provide slides for presentation by September 14.

MRI Call for White Papers

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NSF MRI and Lehigh CREF (2015-16)

The NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program provides funding for acquisition or development of major instrumentation to support research in all NSF-supported fields. As a university, we may submit up to three proposals, no more than two for instrument purchase, and the remainder for development of instruments that are unavailable for purchase. NSF requires a cost share of at least 30% of the total cost or purchase or development.

Selection of proposals for submission to NSF will be by competition, considering both the value of each instrument to the Lehigh research community and the likelihood of success in NSF review. The attached guidelines provide instructions for preparing white papers.

Timeline for NSF MRI:

  • MRI/CREF Idea Exchange - October 12, 2015. See details below.
  • Required notice of intent to submit - by email to VPResearch@lehigh.edu by 5:00 pm October 19, 2015 with a provisional title, team members, and anticipated budget
  • MRI white papers following the attached guidelines, by email to VPResearch@lehigh.edu by 5:00 pm, November 9, 2015
  • Notice of NSF MRI review outcomes - November 23, 2015

The Lehigh Critical Research Equipment Fund (CREF) program supports acquisition equipment that is critical to the productivity and competitiveness of Lehigh research programs. Submissions to the CREF program should be thought of as strategically-driven capital budget requests. Each submission should propose to close a critical gap in support of research programs that we intend to maintain and grow over the coming several years. Selection of submissions for funding will be by demonstrated and widely acknowledged critical need spanning academic units, especially across colleges.

Timeline for CREF:

  • MRI/CREF Idea Exchange - October 12, 2015. See details below.
  • CREF submissions due by email to VPResearch@lehigh.edu by 5:00 pm on October 23, 2015
  • CREF decisions - November 6, 2015

MRI/CREF idea exchange. To encourage discussion among those interested in either program, we will hold an MRI Idea Exchange on October 12, Noon - 1:30 pm, Williams Hall 070. Lunch will be provided.

The Idea Exchange provides an opportunity for those considering submission to identify colleagues who share instrumentation needs, to identify instruments and configurations that would serve the largest number of Lehigh investigators, and to obtain collegial feedback that may strengthen submissions to NSF. Please RSVP to Sujata Jagota at VPResearch@lehigh.edu no later than October 5 indicating interest in presenting, a provisional title and list of likely participants. Attendance is welcomed whether or not presenting.

Contact:  Sujata Jagota via VPResearch@lehigh.edu.

NSF MRI 2015-16 White Paper Guidelines I Lehigh CREF 2015 White Paper Guidelines

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NSF MRI and Lehigh CREF (2014-15)

Two opportunities for acquisition of research instrumentation: the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program and a Lehigh Critical Research Equipment Fund (CREF),  are described here. Also included is information on how to access both programs. Detailed instructions for preparing proposals are in the guidelines below. 

The NSF MRI program provides funding for acquisition of major research instrumentation to support research in all NSF-supported fields, i.e., the natural and social sciences and engineering. The MRI program supports both purchase of instruments and development of instruments that are not available for purchase. As a university, we may submit up to three proposals and must provide at least 30% of the costs involved. The attached guidelines provide instructions for preparing white papers describing potential instrument purchases and development efforts. Lehigh's submissions to NSF will be determined through review of these white papers. 

The CREF program provides funding for acquisition of research equipment that cannot be acquired through regular research project grants or through major equipment programs like MRI. Funding for the CREF program is through end-of-year carryover. The attached guidelines provide instructions for preparing proposals.

To support identification of high-impact equipment acquisitions, we will hold an MRI/CREF Idea Exchange on September 30. The Idea Exchange provides an opportunity to identify colleagues who share instrumentation needs, to identify instruments and configurations that would serve the largest number of Lehigh investigators, and to obtain feedback that strengthen submissions to NSF.

2014 Calendar for both programs:

MRI/CREF Idea Exchange Workshop:  September 30, 11:30am -1:30pm - UC303 (lunch provided)

RSVP for the NSF MRI/CREF Idea Exchange by September 23 - by email to Sujata Jagota, vpresearch@lehigh.edu, including a provisional title and list of likely participants

NSF MRI and/or CREF notice of intent to submit due: October 13 - see the guidelines for details

CREF proposals due:  October 20 - see the guidelines for details

MRI white papers due:  October 27

NSF MRI White Paper Guidelines Lehigh CREF Proposal Guidelines I

Members of the advisory group for review of both programs for 2014-15

Both CREF requests for equipment acquisition and white papers requesting inclusion among the university's three opportunities to apply for NSF MRI funding will be considered by this group of faculty leaders designated by the deans of the colleges of arts and science and engineering. For CREF requests, the group will seek to fully appreciate the potential impact of each acquisition and advise on the best use of limited funds. For MRI requests, the group will, among instruments it judges to provide bases for competitive proposals to NSF, seek to fully appreciate the potential impact of each acquisition and advise on the use of our limited opportunities to submit. 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Volkmar Dierolf (Physics)
Gregory Ferguson (Chemistry)
Murray Itzkovitz (Biological Sciences)
Zicheng Yu (EES)

PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (RCEAS)

John Coulter (MEM)
James Gilchrist (ChemE)
Martin Harmer (MSE)
Anand Jagota (BioE)

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