Limited submissions

Limited Submissions are extramural funding opportunities that limit the number of applications submitted per institution. Faculty that are interested in applying for a limited submission that is not posted on InfoReady must contact the Office of the Vice President for Research to verify their eligibility and ensure that another application has not been selected to submit.  Failure to comply with this internal submission process may lead to the automatic rejection of a proposal selected by the University of Utah.

For a list of current Limited Submissions visit our Competition Space.


Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) – NSF 18-513
Internal deadline: Oct. 19, 2020
External deadline:  Jan. 1, 2021
Award amount: Varies

Program Synopsis

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.

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:

  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. The University of Utah is limited to two Track 1 proposals.
  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. The University of Utah is limited to one Track 2 proposal.

The number of MRI proposal submissions allowed per institution continues to be a maximum of three but is now based on the dollar value of the amount requested from NSF.

Please see solicitation NSF 18-513 for full program details and eligibility requirements.

Required Application Information

Research narrative: PDF format only. Two-page maximum research statement that identifies the following:

  1. Whether the proposal will be submitted to Track 1 or Track 2
  2. A summary of the instrumentation to be purchased
  3. Significance of the instrumentation to the University of Utah
  4. Potential users of the instrumentation
  5. Project participants and qualifications of the PI and co-PIs
  6. Relevance of the instrumentation to the goals and priorities of NSF and the MRI program
  7. The anticipated budget total

Biosketch: PDF format only. Two-page, NSF-style biosketch for all PIs, co-PIs, and senior personnel

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a campus-wide committee that will evaluate the likelihood that the proposed project will be funded by NSF, and also ensure that a diversity of projects and disciplines are selected from different units on campus. Applicants will be notified of the final decisions by Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in time to prepare a full proposal to the sponsor.

Click here to apply via InfoReady.