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Division of Astronomical Sciences

Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation  (ATI)

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James  E. Neff (703) 292-2475  1030 S  


Apply to PD 08-1218 in FastLane. (standard Grant Proposal Guide) proposal preparation guidelines apply.)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    November 1, 2016

    November 1, Annually Thereafter


The Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program provides grants to support the development and construction of state-of-the-art astronomical detectors and instruments for the visible, infrared, submillimeter, and radio regions of the spectrum. 

Successful proposals will involve the application of new hardware and software technology and/or innovative techniques in astronomical research in any of a broad range of fields, including (but not limited to) imaging instruments and spectrometers, semiconducting and superconducting detector arrays for astronomy, precision radial velocity hardware, polarization measurement hardware and techniques, correlator hardware, interferometric imaging, and adaptive optics. 

Instrumentation projects should be driven by clearly articulated scientific goals.  All proposals to the ATI program should include a task implementation plan with milestones, schedules, and costs.

Proposals for astronomical instrumentation may alternatively be submitted to the NSF-wide Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program.  Additional information about that program can be obtained by visiting the MRI Solicitation at (

How to Submit an ATI Proposal

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program