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New NSF solicitations for ARRA support for research infrastructure

by Ed Hagen last modified Jun 10, 2009 08:37 PM
On May 11th the National Science Foundation (NSF) released two new or revised solicitations for proposals which will be funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) or "stimulus package".

These are crosscutting, NSF-wide funding opportunities not directly tied to any individual program. Both solicitations offer opportunities for purchasing or upgrading research infrastructure.


The two opportunities are:


1. Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2) [Funded at $200 million].

Letter of Intent Deadline Date = July 1, 2009

Full Proposals Deadline Date = August 24, 2009.

Details including a link to the solicitation are available at 3380&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund


2. Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI-R2) [Funded at $300 million]

Full Proposal Deadline Date = August 10, 2009

Details including a link to the solicitation (which is NOT the same as the regular MRI program solicitation) are available at 60&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund


The third new ARRA solicitation which might be of interest, Science Masters Program [Funded at $15 million] has not yet been released.


NSF Information related to ARRA funding including links to information on all three new initiatives, a Fact Sheet on the implementation of ARRA funding at NSF, Frequently Asked Questions, and other links related to ARRA are available at 83&org=NSF&from=news


I encourage you to take some time to explore this information. Careful reading of the new solicitations may offer ideas and possibilities to improve the research climate at your institution and help move our science forward. These are one time only solicitations so adherence to the guidelines and deadlines is essential.


As you develop ideas for proposals, please remember to email (or call) the appropriate Program Officer whose name is listed in the solicitation well in advance of the deadline for additional guidance in shaping your proposal.


Jean Turnquist

Program Officer for Physical Anthropology

National Science Foundation

May 12, 2009

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