College of Liberal Arts

Limited Submission: NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

Wednesday Nov 17, 2010


Sponsor: NSF

Program: Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

Materials are due electronically to Jeff Meserve ( by Wednesday, November 17, 2010 @ noon.

Please submit:

    * Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims of/needs for the proposed project.
 Please specify if we are the lead institution or a funded subaward (include the lead institution’s name and statement of work).
 Please specify if the proposal is for acquisition or development.

    * Short CV, highlighting your research trajectory.

Program description:

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, museums and science centers, and non-profit organizations.  This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments.  Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizations use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.
To accomplish these goals, the MRI Program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for the 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 of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical of 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 research activities simultaneously.  Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found at the MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at <> .

Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range of $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations.  Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-PhD-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.   

Please also note that 30% cost share of the total program costs (NOT 30% of the amount requested of NSF) is required.  Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited by NSF.

Documentation of the availability of cost sharing must be included in the proposal.
Program Guidelines:  

The complete solicitation can be found at

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