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Reoccurring Federal Opportunities

Federal agencies will often set reoccurring deadlines on funding opportunities. Take note of the deadline.  If you missed it, mark your calendar and plan ahead for next year. You can also track the funding opportunity within Pivot, set an email reminder, and/or add it to your calendar. If you would like to learn more about Pivot please contact


Below are a few of the popular reoccurring federal opportunities. You can find all of the reoccurring federal opportunities on the Pivot website.

Title Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
Sponsor  United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Army
Army Research Office (ARO)
Deadline  17 May 2020 – Anticipated
Abstract This announcement seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD.
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Title Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development
Sponsor  National Science Foundation (NSF)
Office of the Director (OD)
Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)
Deadline  12 Sep 2019 – Internal Deadline
21 Jan 2020 –  Agency Deadline
Abstract 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.

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. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

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, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.

Consistent with the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-69), cost sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement and cannot include it. National Science Board policy prohibits voluntary committed cost sharing.

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Title Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI)
Sponsor  National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)
Deadline  15 Nov 2019 – Agency Deadline
Abstract The Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for development of new technologies and instrumentation for astronomy and astrophysics. The program supports overarching science objectives of the Division of Astronomical Sciences. Development of innovative, potentially transformative technologies are encouraged, even at high technical risk. Supported categories include but are not limited to: advanced technology development or concept feasibility studies and specialized instrumentation to enable new observations that are difficult or impossible to obtain with existing means. Proposals may include hardware and/or software development and/or analysis to enable new types of astronomical observations. The program encourages making products of research available to the public. It also encourages community coordination of technology and instrumentation development efforts via an annual Principal Investigators meeting.
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Title CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)
Sponsor  National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
Deadline 07 Nov 2019 – Anticipated / The deadline is the second Tuesday in November, annually thereafter.
10 Jan 2020 – Anticipated / The deadline is the third Wednesday in January, annually thereafter.
Abstract The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

The CRI program supports two classes of awards:

1. Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.

2. Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.

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Title Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
Sponsor  National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)
Deadline Continuous – Proposals Accepted Anytime

Potential proposers of new Community Facilities must contact cognizant Program Officers before submission.
Note: Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation prior to January 30, 2017, should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1. NSF anticipates release of a revised PAPPG (NSF 17-1) in the Fall of 2016 and it will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2017.

Abstract EAR/IF supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promote research and education in areas supported by the Division. EAR/IF will consider proposals for:
1) Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences.
2) Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences.
3) Community Facility Support to make complex and expensive instruments, systems of instruments or services broadly available to the Earth science research and student communities.Planned research uses of requested instruments, software, and facilities must include basic research on Earth processes SUPPORTED BY CORE PROGRAMS OR SPECIAL PROGRAMS OF THE DIVISION OF EARTH SCIENCES.Support is available through grants or cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals.

Human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of all proposals submitted to EAR/IF.

Efforts to support participation of underrepresented groups in laboratory and/or field instrument use and training are encouraged.

All proposers to EAR/IF are encouraged to consider Support of Outreach and/or Broadening Participation Activities.

EAR/IF will consider co-funding of projects with other NSF programs and other agencies. Potential applications who consider joint review a possibility for their proposal are encouraged to contact the relevant program officer to discuss this possibility.

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