Vice President for Research
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
August Funding Focus #2
3 Per Institution (see note below)
Internal Deadline: October 5, 2018 at 4:45pm CDT
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 notfor-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.

NOTE:    Beginning with the 2018 competition, the MRI program has created two specific tracks: Track 1 proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than $1,000,000. Track 2 proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000. The 30% cost-sharing requirement applies to only the portion of the total project cost budgeted to non-exempt organizations, including those participating through subawards. When required, cost-sharing must be precisely 30%. Auburn may submit no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2. Any MRI proposal may request support for either the acquisition or development of a research instrument.


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit researchinstitutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. 
2018 Office of the Vice President for Research Expo

The Office of the Vice President for Research will be hosting an Expo Sept. 25 from 1-4 p.m. in the Office of Information Technology conference rooms (103A/103B on the first floor). The Expo will provide an opportunity to learn about resources available as well as provide time for open questions and discussion with key administrators and personnel. Registration is required and can be completed online . Registration will close Friday, Sept. 14. Contact Tony Ventimiglia at with questions regarding the event.
Proposal Services & Faculty Support