Limited Submission Opportunity – National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Limited Submission Opportunity

Internal Notification of Interest Deadline to the Office of Research Administration: Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:00 pm.

NSF Proposal Submission Window: January 1, 2020 – January 21, 2020

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each performing organization may submit in revised “Tracks” as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000.
  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Cost sharing is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot provide it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. When required, cost-sharing must be precisely 30%.

Limit on the Number of Proposals per Organization:

Each performing organization is now limited to a maximum of three (3) proposals in revised “Tracks” as defined below, with no more than two (2) submissions in Track 1 and no more than one (1) submission in Track 2.

Any MRI proposal may request support for either the acquisition or development of a research instrument.

For full details on this program, please visit the NSF MRI webpage and the NSF MRI Solicitation, 18-513.

For additional details regarding The University of Akron’s limited submission process, visit the ORA Limited Submission webpage.

If you are interested in submitting a NSF MRI proposal, please visit the ORA Limited Submission webpage and complete step 1: Notification of Interest, by the deadline above.

  • Individuals interested in applying to a limited submission program must submit a Notification of Interest no later than 5pm on the internal deadline. To submit this notification applicants must email with the subject line of the email formatted as follows: “Last name, First name; Limited Submission Notification of Interest”. Notifications will be emailed, and applicants will either be approved to apply or will be prompted to provide a white paper.
  • If ORA receives internal notices of interest in excess of the NSF limit on the number of proposals per organization, an internal competition will be necessary and additional information will be sent to those who submitted a notice of interest.

Third Frontier Research Incentives Request for Proposals

Program Overview

Section 381.250 (Research Incentive Third Frontier) of Amended House Bill Number 166 of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly authorizes the Chancellor of High Education to use appropriated funds under this section to advance collaborative research at institutions of higher education and support programs and initiatives specifically identified in this section. Research areas, programs and initiatives eligible for funding pursuant to this Request for Proposal (RFP) include:

  • Research Areas:
  1. Research regarding the reduction of infant mortality
  2. Research regarding opiate addiction issues in Ohio
  3. 3. Research and programming regarding the advancement of cybersecurity initiatives in Ohio
  • Program and Initiatives
  1. Ohio Manufacturing and Innovation Center
  2. I-CORPS@Ohio program
  3. Ohio Innovation Exchange

Important Dates:

  • Request for proposals released – September 18, 2019
  • Proposal submission window – September 18, 2019 – October 18, 2019
  • Proposal review begins – October 19, 2019
  • Notificaions of awarded proposals – beginning November 18, 2019

The Request for Proposal period is now open. The Third Frontier Research Incentive Request for proposal can be accessed at

Please note, Section 381.250 of house bill 166 also includes as focus areas “Research regarding the improvement of water quality” and “Research regarding spinal cord injury.” The request for proposal process for Improvement of Water Quality will administered by the Ohio Sea Grant program at The Ohio State University The Water Quality Request for Proposals is expected to be released by September 30, 2019. The request for proposal process for Spinal Cord Injury will be administered through the Oho Department of Higher Education later in 2019.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Application Webinars Announced

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

GRFP Application Webinars providing an overview of the program, eligibility, and application requirements will be offered September 16-20 (attachment has a schedule, instructions, and links). Space is limited to 500 participants per session (register early!). A recorded webinar will be posted at

To register for a webinar, please visit the NSF GRFP page.  Additional information about the webinars can be found in this notice

Eligibility guidelines for the GRFP program can be found in the current Program Solicitation

2020 GRFP Applications are now open.  Please click here to apply.

Department of Defense Combat Readiness – Rapid Development and Translational Research Award

The CRRP seeks to enhance medical capabilities at the point of greatest need in order to save the most lives in future combat scenarios, which may be complicated by limited resources, austere conditions, and/or mass casualty events. The intent of the FY19 CRRP RDTRA is to support research that will accelerate the movement of promising ideas into clinical applications, including healthcare products, technologies, and/or practice guidelines. Applicants may leverage existing resources in translational research to address high-impact research ideas or unmet needs in delivering lifesaving care to the Warfighter during prolonged and en route care in austere and combat environments. Research of interest may include knowledge products, “knowledge resulting from research with the potential to improve individual or public health,”2 and solutions that can accelerate the introduction of military-relevant health products or technologies into clinical and/or operational use. For this award mechanism, the definition of “leveraging” is as follows: An investigator basing a research project on existing resources in order to amplify potential gains in knowledge or accelerate technical maturity. Projects should consider the varied expertise levels of the medical providers and the possible diverse environmental conditions in combat situations. Proposal/application submissions are encouraged to include characteristics relevant to military use in non-hospital settings in theater, but submissions that propose solutions to advance civilian trauma care are not precluded, since civilian trauma care frequently informs and influences trauma care in the military, and vice versa.

Submission Dates and Times:

  • Pre-Application (Letter of Intent) Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (ET), October 23, 2019
  • Proposal/Application Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, November 13, 2019

To meet the intent of the award mechanism, proposals submitted to the FY19 CRRP RDTRA must address at least one of the Focus Areas below:

  • Scalable solutions for wound care that can address prevention of bleeding and infection, delivery of therapeutics, and promotion of healing
  • Decision-support solutions, such as algorithms, artificial intelligence, deep learning, telemedicine, etc. for triage and management of severely injured Warfighters, to include management and monitoring of:
    • Acute pain, to include non-opioid solutions
    • Hemorrhage and resuscitation (e.g., airway management, control of bleeding, sedation, etc.)
    • Multi-casualty events when delayed evacuation exceeds available capability and/or capacity, in order to extend or enhance provider capabilities
  • Solutions that address hemorrhage control, including:
    • Non-compressible torso hemorrhage
    • Alternatives to optimize logistics and administration of blood products to the Warfighter
  • Wearable sensors with multiple capabilities to identify and monitor medical management of injuries and/or exposures, such as:
    • Environmental exposures
    • Onset of infection, including sepsis
    • Physiological status and stress monitoring tools (heart rate, blood pressure, respiration)
    • Neurological injury
    • Point-of-care imaging in prolonged field care

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY19 CRRP RDTRA will not exceed $1,500,000.

Additional information about this funding opportunity, including the BAA, can be found on

U.S. Department of Energy’s National Lab Day Hosted by the University of Toledo

The University of Toledo will be hosting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ohio National Lab Day 2019 on October 10th and 11th on the campus of The University of Toledo. The event will explore opportunities for partnerships and connect students and researchers with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Meet Laboratory Directors, representing 15 DOE labs
  • Meet 40 DOE scientists participating in nine topical areas and four plenary sessions
  • Explore funding and fellowship opportunities
  • Discover DOE user facilities open to academic scientists
  • Establish collaborations with DOE lab scientists
  • Learn about student internships and post-doctoral fellowships

Registration is open for the academic and commercial research community.

Information about the agenda and breakout sessions is available, but is subject to change.

Additional information can be found on the University of Toledo National Lab Day page by clicking the “Menu” button in the top right corner.