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NSF Making $90M Available for Major Instrument Purchases

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Science Foundation is making available about $90 million to researchers to purchase major instruments.

NSF is making available about 175 grants, each in the range of $100,000 and $4 million under its Major Research Instrumentation Program, the goal of which is to "increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training" in US academic institutions, science centers, not-for-profit organizations, and museums, the foundation said in its statement.

The MRI program "especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments," NSF said.

Applications for grants less than $100,000 will also be accepted from organizations for research in the fields of mathematics or social, behavioral, and economic sciences as well as from certain institutions. Up to $35 million in funding is being set aside to support proposals requesting $1 million to $4 million from NSF, the foundation said

The full proposal deadline to apply for a grant is Jan. 27, 2011.

More information about the program can be found here.

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