RESEARCH EQUIPMENT FUNDING
CHEMICAL & TRANSPORT SYSTEMS DIVISION
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
The National Science Foundation provides support for significant research
equipment expenditures through the Major Research Instrumentation Program
administered by the Office of Science and Technology Infrastructure. Information
on the MRI Program can be obtained via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or from the OSTI Home Page on the World Wide Web at http://www.nsf.gov/od/osti/start.htm.
Research equipment with total cost of less than $200,000 can be funded
by individual or multiple programs within the Chemical & Transport
Systems Division (CTS) of the Engineering Directorate or via joint funding
with programs in other divisions or directorates. Alternative mechanisms
for seeking equipment funding from the CTS Division are described below.
1. Include the cost of equipment in a regular unsolicited
proposal for a research grant.
These proposals will be merit-reviewed in the same manner as other
research proposals. Program Directors will make recommendations for funding
or declination based on the merit reviews, budget considerations, program
balance, and the quality of other proposals being considered for funding.
Justification must be provided for the equipment requested. Equipment that
will be used by a number of faculty and students, and on projects other
than the proposed research will be considered favorably; especially for
more costly items. At least 1/3 institutional cost-sharing is required.
2. Submit a separate equipment proposal to the CTS Division.
Unsolicited equipment proposals will be merit-reviewed by mail or panel.
The Program Directors in five subprograms (listed below) would prefer to
receive such proposals by a target date of January 15 each year. Recommendations
for funding or declination will be based on merit reviews, budget considerations,
program balance, and the quality of other proposals being considered for
funding. The total impact of the equipment requested on related research
programs at the grantee institution will be a major consideration in evaluation
of "Equipment-Only" proposals. Guidelines for such proposals are given
in NSF 98-2, Grant Proposal Guide. At least 1/3 institutional cost-sharing
Programs that accept equipment proposals:
& Thermal Processing
3. Submit a request for a supplement to an existing grant.
Fluid Dynamics &
Proposals for equipment funds up to $25,000 or 20 % of the grant amount,
whichever is less, can be submitted in the form of a request for a supplement
to an existing grant. Such requests need to clearly delineate the benefits
for the current research program and the potential for expanded future
utilization. At least 1/3 institutional cost-sharing is required.
INVESTIGATORS WHO ARE CONSIDERING SUBMITTING PROPOSALS
FOR EQUIPMENT FUNDING VIA ANY OF THESE THREE ALTERNATIVES ARE STRONGLY
ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR(S) BEFORE PREPARING
A PROPOSAL. THE CTS TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 703-306-1371.
OMB No. 3145-0058
K.W.: 0601000,0605000, 0609000,
NSF 98-32 (electronic distribution only)