Grants Announced for Instrumentation, Collaborations with FSU

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Publication date: 
28 December 1995


NSF INSTRUMENTATION GRANTS: The National Science Foundation is
soliciting proposals for academic instrumentation acquisition and
development.  As part of its Academic Research Infrastructure
Program, NSF will award a total of $50 million in FY 1996 to
support purchase, upgrade, or development of major,
state-of-the-art research instrumentation that is not usually
provided for by other NSF programs.

The grants, which will be announced next fall, will range from
$100,000 to $2 million, and require cost sharing by the awardee of
30 to 50 percent of total project costs.  Proposals for single
instruments, large systems of instruments, or multiple instruments
sharing a common research focus will be considered.  All proposals
will be evaluated according to research merit, infrastructure need,
project impacts, and plans and funding.  NSF hopes to stimulate
development of next-generation research equipment by encouraging
collaborations between academic researchers and private-sector
experts in instrument manufacture.  According to the solicitation,
"such partnerships have the potential to create new products with
wide scientific and commercial impact."

The deadline for proposals is February 1, 1996.  The proposal
success rate for the last round of instrumentation awards was 42
percent.  For further information on the grants, inquiries should
be directed to the NSF Office of Science and Technology
Infrastructure, Phone: 703-306-1040; Email: ari [at]

COLLABORATIVE R&D GRANTS: A private, non-profit U.S. foundation is
offering collaborative grants to assist scientists and engineers in
the Former Soviet Union (FSU).  In 1992, Rep. George Brown (D-CA),
then-Senator Al Gore (D-TN), and Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)
sponsored legislation establishing the U.S. Civilian Research and
Development Foundation (CRDF).  Its purpose is to help support the
science and technology enterprise in the FSU, to encourage
productive civilian employment opportunities for FSU scientists and
engineers, particularly former defense workers, and to promote
democracy and a market economy in the FSU states. 

Philanthropist George Soros provided one-half of the initial $10
million funding for CRDF; the other half came from the Department
of Defense under the "Nunn-Lugar" program to encourage
demilitarization in the FSU states.  The first activity of the
foundation is a series of cooperative grants to be given to teams
of FSU and U.S. researchers.  The CRDF plans to award a total of
over $6 million in funds; individual grants will range from $10,000
to $80,000 for a two-year period.  All teams must have one FSU and
one U.S. co-investigator meeting specific professional
qualifications, and projects may be in any area of non-defense R&D.
Both basic and applied research are acceptable, as is
pre-competitive technology development.  Special consideration will
be given to proposals including participation by former FSU defense
workers.  The proposals will be reviewed by expert CRDF panels, and
the first awards will be announced by July 1, 1996.

Proposals, in English, are due by March 1, 1996.  To obtain more
details on the CRDF Cooperative Grants Program, contact CRDF at:
WWW:; Email: information [at];
Phone: 703-526-9720; Fax: 703-526-9721.