NSF 13-567– MID-SCALE INNOVATIONS PROGRAM IN ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES (MSIP)
Nomination per School: Three (Include Rank Order)Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.
Internal Deadline: August 15, 2013
External Deadline: Preliminary Proposal: September 16, 2013 | Full Proposal: February 21, 2014
- Type: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement
- Estimated Number of Awards: 2-4
- Anticipated Amount: $4,000,000 to $40,000,000. Minimum budget for full program duration is $4,000,000, with the exception of open access capabilities proposals for which there is no lower limit (see Program Description). Given anticipated program budgets, no more than one proposal (and possibly none) in the upper half of the funding range will be awarded in this cycle.
Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Candidate’s biosketch – NIH format (NIH biosketch sample; NIH biosketch template)
Link to Award: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13567/nsf13567.htm
Purpose: The Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) is designed to fill the need for a well-defined budgetary and competitive selection process to support astronomical projects of intermediate to large cost (but below the MREFC threshold). This solicitation fills part of the mid-scale gap, from $4M to $40M. (The current, limited budget does not allow individual project costs greater than $40M.) The demand in this funding range covers a wide variety of activities, from highly focused short-term science experiments to long-term multi-use facilities. Other opportunities for support include major new instruments for existing telescopes, laboratory astrophysics experiments, and design and development programs for possible future mid-scale and MREFC initiatives.
In order to organize this diverse range of project type and cost for strategic evaluation and review, the MSIP will be divided into the following four categories:
- Mid-Scale Science Projects: Self-contained, limited term projects with well-defined construction and science utilization phases.
- Mid-Scale Facilities: Construction or operation of stand-alone, long-term, mid-scale facilities.
- Development Investments: Design and development for future large mid-scale and large-scale facilities.
- Open Access Capabilities:
- New instruments for existing telescopes, both national and private, in return for US community access
- Provision of observing time for US community access on existing telescopes (e.g. providing open access nights in return for partial support of operational costs of a facility)
- Data archiving and data management projects leading to public access to data resources
The budgets for each of the four categories will be flexible, and distribution across categories will depend on proposal pressure modulated by consideration of programmatic emphasis. As this is a new program, the schedule for future solicitations is not yet fixed. However, it is anticipated that solicitations will be issued on a biennial basis pending the availability of funds.