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Major Research Instrumentation Program - Archive

Archived Solicitations

  2013-2014(13-517) 2011&12(11-503) 2010 (10-529)
2009 (09-502) MRI-R² (09-561) 2008 (08-503) 2007 (07-510)
2005-2006 (05-515) 2004 (04-511) 2003 (01-171rev) 2002 (01-171)
2001 (01-7) 2000 (99-168) 1999 (99-34)

Archived FAQs

2006 2008 2009 MRI-R² 2010

Environmental Assessment (AGS 0959761)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to assess the potential impacts of the proposed expansion of the Owens Valley Solar Array (OVSA).  After reviewing the EA including the Draft EA Public Review Comments and Responses the NSF has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

The OVSA expansion project would be funded under the Major Research Instrumentation: Recovery and Reinvestment (MRI-R2) program.  The proposed project is an extension of the OVSA radio telescope currently in operation on the site of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) in Inyo County, California. The proposed project, if approved, would be funded under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

This EA was prepared pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, (NEPA), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA at 40 CFR 1500-1508) and NSF’s regulations implementing NEPA at 45 CFR 640.

Archived Documents

QEM MRI Workshop Presentation (November 2, 2012)

MRI Program Overview Webcast (December 6, 2011)

QEM MRI Workshop Presentation (Nov 4-5, 2011)

“2010 MRI Competition Overview Webcast” Spring 2010 presentation by Dr. Randy L. Phelps and Dr. Craig Henderson (MRI Program Officers)

"The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program"
Spring 2009 presentation by Dr. Randy L. Phelps (MRI Program Officer)
2009 Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dialogues

"Overview of the National Science Foundation and the MRI Program"
Fall 2008 presentation by Dr. Randy L. Phelps (MRI Program Officer)
includes FY 2008 competition summary

"What Makes an MRI Proposal Fail, What Makes an MRI Proposal Competitive?"
Fall 2008 presentation by Dr. Randy L. Phelps (MRI Program Officer)

The EA and FONSI is available here


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