NSF MRI and Lehigh CREF Instrumentation Programs and Idea Exchange

MRI/CREF Idea Exchange. To encourage discussion among those interested in either program, we will hold an MRI/CREF 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.

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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:

  • 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:

  • CREF submissions due by email to VPResearch@lehigh.edu by 5:00 pm on October 23, 2015
  • CREF decisions – November 6, 2015

Please address any questions to Sujata Jagota via VPResearch@lehigh.edu.

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