Call for proposals: NSF-subsidised research projects at Archaeometry Lab at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR)

By Brandi MacDonald, SAS Editor for Archaeometry

Biannual Submission Deadlines: April 15th and October 15th 

The Archaeometry Lab at MURR receives funding from the National Science Foundation to support academic research and training in elemental and isotopic analyses in archaeology. We invite scholars at all career stages to submit proposals to our NSF-subsidy program. We specialize in compositional analysis of archaeological materials including ceramics, lithics, sediments, pigments, rock art, metals, glass, and glazes, using in-house facilities for neutron activation analysis (NAA), inductively coupled plasmas-mass spectrometry (laser ablation ICP-MS, solution ICP-MS, and lead, strontium, and neodymium isotope analysis by multi-collector ICP-MS), and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). 

Applicants must submit a short application form, a descriptive mini-proposal, and a short CV. The proposals must describe an archaeological research project for which chemical analysis is essential. Research questions must be well defined, as does sampling strategy. Proposals are reviewed by an advisory committee of internal and external reviewers. In addition to NSF-subsidy, successful applicants are eligible to receive training in their methodological application and data analysis where applicable.

For detailed information on the MURR Mini-Proposal criteria and guidelines please visit our website: