The National Science Foundation has released its FY21 call for Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure proposals. All NSF Directorates are participating. Due to the significant University commitment to ongoing operations required for NSF Mid-scale RI-1 awards, the Office of Research will be managing this solicitation as a limited competition. As such, they are requiring the submission of preliminary proposals in the format outlined below on or before noon on November 16th. With input from peer reviewers and ADRs, OR leadership will review these preliminary proposals to determine if any will be advanced for the current competition. Ohio State was awarded two mid-scale implementation grants during the initial competition cycle in 2018-19.
The NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure (RI-1) program is intended to support experimental research capabilities in the $6-$20 million range that will enable US researchers to remain competitive in a global research environment by filling a research community-defined scientific need or enabling a national research priority to be met. Funds may be requested for any combination of facilities, equipment, instrumentation, or computational hardware or software, and the human capital necessary.