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Office of Research and Economic Development

Major Research Instrumentation



The Office of Research and Economic Development makes available up to $250,000 in matching funds for each of two NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program acquisition proposals and up to $100,000 for development proposals in the 2012 competition.  NSF estimates they will make 175 awards in this year's competition nationwide.

The deadline for proposals to NSF is January 26, 2012. A new solicitation for the competition hasn't been officially released by the NSF but the prior solicitation is available at: (see:  UW is limited to three.  At least one of the proposals must be for instrument development.  Not more than two proposals may be for acquisition.

We expect several applications to emerge from the campus and therefore an internal competition and review will be required for the internal campus competition, a pre-proposal with the following elements must be submitted to on or before 5 p.m. November 18, 2011:

1.    A narrative describing the desired equipment and how it will improve the quality of research at UW.  Explain how this equipment will be used and how it will enable research in clear, non-technical language.  It is important that the discussion focus on the significance of the research, the number of researchers who will routinely (as opposed to incidentally) use the equipment and how the proposed equipment will support the research endeavor.  This narrative should not exceed four pages.   Proposals must include a specific plan for routine service and future maintenance and repair costs.

2.     A budget including the purchase price of the equipment (estimated or quoted) or estimated cost of the instrument development and associated installation or other costs.

3.     The narrative and budget should be submitted electronically to Farrell Rapp ( by 5:00 p.m. November 18, 2011.

For further information contact:  Linda Osterman or Farrell Rapp, Office of Research and Economic Development, Old Main, Room 308, 766-5320 ( and

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