NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

11/01/2012, 5:00 PM

To: All Faculty (Please forward as appropriate)

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program
Limited Submission Opportunity

An institution may submit up to three proposals to the MRI program. At least one must be for Instrumentation Development.

If you are interested in submitting to this program please notify Michelle Wonsey via email by November 1st. Those interested are asked to provide the following additional information by November 9th:

1)      A one-page project summary that must include:
a.      research goals,
b.      objectives, and
c.       methods.

2)      A second page that must include:
a.      a short statement of competitiveness (i.e. what you think will discriminate your proposal from the competition, including anything you have done to pre-position yourself/your team for this funding opportunity)
b.      a short estimate of the budget, including any requirements for cost sharing and how you propose to meet those requirements.

    3)      A short-form CV for the PI and each senior staff person.

If more than the number allowed express interest in submitting there will be an internal review to select the nominees. The information requested about will serve as a pre-proposal and will be sent to the internal review committee.


The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to shared instruments for scientific and engineering research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training inscience and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in researchintensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intraorganizational use is encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners as appropriate to the goals of the MRI Program. The MRI Program is intended to assist with the acquisition or development of research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period.

For the purposes of the MRI Program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development (see Section II.A.2), and can be for a single instrument or for equipment that when combined serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent experiments simultaneously. Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found in the MRI FAQs at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri.

Sponsor Deadline:
Full Proposal – January 24, 2013