NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Solicitation: NSF 15-504

Internal Deadline: 
Tue, September 06 2016 - 5:00 pm
Funding Agency Deadline: 
Wed, January 11 2017
Program Description: 

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to shared instrumentation for scientific and engineering research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit-museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing organizations with opportunities to acquire instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization. The program emphasizes shared-use instrumentation that will enhance the capabilities of researchers both within and outside the proposing organization. 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 is intended to assist with the acquisition or development of a single research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. An instrument acquired or developed with support from the MRI program is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. The program does not fund research projects, including research that uses an instrument acquired or developed with support from the program. The program does not support the operation and maintenance of facilities or centers.

Proposals to the MRI Program, must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2), and must be for only a single, well-integrated instrument. A well-integrated research instrument means that the ensemble of equipment that defines the instrument enables a specific research experiment or type of research experiment to be undertaken; separating or removing an element or component of such an integrated instrument would preclude any experiments from occurring or succeeding. 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. Similarly the MRI program does not fund common, general purpose ancillary equipment that would normally be found in a laboratory and/or is relatively easily procured by the organization.

URL for More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15504/nsf15504.pdf

Number of Nominees Allowed: 

If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).

Required Internal Review Documents: 
  • PI’s name
  • Expected PIs
  • Instrumentation to be requested
  • A brief justification for the request
Nominee(s) Selected to Advance: 

Smita Mohanty, A&S
Gopal Kakani, DASNR
Sandip Harimkar, CEAT

Posting Date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2016