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On May 11, 2009, NSF's Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) released two program solicitations, for the Academic Research Infrastructure – Recovery and Reinvestment program (ARI-R2) and for the Major Research Instrumentation – Recovery and Reinvestment program (MRI-R2). The ARI-R2 solicitation announces a one-time funding opportunity with deadlines of July 1, 2009 for letters of intent and August 24, 2009 for full proposals. The MRI-R2 solicitation announces a new competition of the Major Research Instrumentation program with a proposal deadline of August 10, 2009. The ARI-R2/MRI-R2 Interactive Webcast from the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA will discuss: the purpose and scope of the programs, submission limits, and other issues of interest to potential proposers. NSF program officials will begin the webcast with a presentation summarizing the two programs and will then respond to questions that are e-mailed to the address above before or during the webcast, as time allows.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2009, its budget is $9.5 billion, which includes $3.0 billion provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to over 1,900 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 44,400 competitive requests for funding, and makes over 11,500 new funding awards.MORE
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