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Deadline, Dec. 8: Request for Information on mid-scale research infrastructure needs


October 13, 2017

NSF has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in an Oct. 6 Dear Colleague Letter to assess the science and engineering community’s needs for mid-scale research infrastructure. The information will be used to develop an infrastructure strategy, in accordance with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.

The submission deadline is Dec. 8. The AICA requires NSF to "evaluate the existing and future needs, across all disciplines supported by the Foundation, for mid-scale projects" and "develop a strategy to address the needs."

The RFI focuses on mid-scale research infrastructure projects with an anticipated NSF contribution of between $20 million and $100 million towards construction and/or acquisition.

After the submission period ends, and the information is analyzed, NSF will summarize the high-level insights drawn from this analysis for the science community and internal NSF use.

PLEASE NOTE: funding for mid-scale RI projects in this range of investment has not been identified; nor does this RFI imply an intent on the part of NSF to issue a call for proposals. In addition, responses to this RFI do not constitute any commitment on behalf of the submitters or their institutions to submit a proposal or carry out an RI project.

To read the DCL in full, please see: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18013/nsf18013.jsp.

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