The NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI), NSF 15-504, serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our nation’s institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.
Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.
The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers.
If you are interested in submitting a NSF MRI proposal, please complete the internal application no later than, 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The internal application process has been streamlined. Interested applicants will now submit their proposal via a Google form. Please do not email your documents. Please contact OSRP with any questions.