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U.S. NSF (National Science Foundation) to Award $400M for Research Tools and Renovations


As reported in Genome Web News ... The National Science Foundation issued two grant programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Bill) for which scientists in a number of fields, including the life sciences and biomedical research, may apply to buy new big-ticket research tools and to renovate, update, and repair laboratories.

The two new programs will grant a total of $400 million, and are aimed at helping universities, museums, and non-profits buy new research tools and improve their facilities.

The ARRA versions of the Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI-R2) and the Academic Research Infrastructure Program (ARI-R2) will award $200 million each, according to NSF.

The MRI program is designed to help universities and colleges, museums and science centers, and not-for-profit organizations buy or develop shared research tools that are too expensive for support through other NSF programs.

This stimulus-specific MRI-R2 program will accept proposals from PhD-granting institutions and non-degree granting organizations for single instruments or systems of related instruments "that share a common or specific research focus" and cost in a range from $100,000 and $6 million. The program also will grant up to $6 million to non-PhD-granting institutions and the disciplines of mathematical sciences or social, behavioral, and economic sciences at any eligible organization.

NSF expects to make up to 400 grants under the MRI-R2, and up to $40 million of the total will be available for the acquisition or development of instruments costing between $2 million and $6 million.

The ARI-R2 program will award between 100 and 120 grants ranging between $250,000 and $2 million; around six to ten awards ranging between $2 million and $5 million; and approximately three to five awards ranging between $5 million and $10 million.

These grants will go to two-year and four-year colleges, including community colleges in the US and its territories, and to independent non-profit research museums, labs and institutions, and non-profit research consortia.

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