NSF: Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP)NSF 15-580
The Division of Astronomical Sciences has established this program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $30M. This program will be formally divided into four subcategories: 1) limited term, self-contained science projects; 2) longer term mid-scale facilities; 3) development investments for future mid-scale and large-scale projects; and 4) community open access capabilities. The MSIP will emphasize both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce in instrumentation, facility development, or data management.
USC may only submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as lead institution. Full proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF, and no more than two invitations will be issued to a single organization. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution.
Your application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please send a two page abstract via email to Richard White (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 19, 2015. In addition to the 2-page abstract, you should also submit a biosketch for the PI.
NSF indicates that a letter of intent is NOT APPLICABLE and that preliminary proposals are due by September 16, 2015. For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15580/nsf15580.htm