On 11 May 2009, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two new grant opportunities for research infrastructure and instrumentation. $400 million will be available through the grant solicitations, which are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The Academic Research Infrastructure Program will provide $200 million to update existing research facilities at institutions of higher education and non-profit research organizations, including independent research museums. Approximately 100 awards will be made, ranging in size from $250,000 to $2 million. Letters of intent are due by 1 July 2009. For more information, go to http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09562/nsf09562.htm?govDel=USNSF_25.

The Major Research Instrumentation Program anticipates making 400 awards to assist institutions in the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation. The $200 million in available funds will be allocated for proposals ranging from $100,000 to $6 million. Institutions of higher education, independent museums and science centers, and non-profit research institutions are eligible for funding. Funding proposals are due by 10 August 2009. For more information, go to http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09561/nsf09561.htm?govDel=USNSF_25.