Below is information on the upcoming NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant. If you are interested in applying, contact your associate Dean for Research as soon as possible.

Please send a one page pre-proposal, including the following information, by Friday, November 1, 2019 to your associate Dean.

1. Name of PI and co-PIs
2. Names of all other faculty at the university who would benefit from the equipment
3. Cost of the equipment, including purchase price, ongoing maintenance costs, training, etc.
4. Planned or potential instructional applications of the equipment
5. Description of what the equipment does, in terms understandable to a general technical audience.
6. What related devices already exist on campus and what additional functionality would the proposed device allow?
7. How much would the proposed device be used?
8. NSF track record of the proposing team members

By Friday, November 9, 2019 the Associate Deans will choose up to three proposals to submit in January 2020. Internal approval will be largely based on probability of success.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 1-21, 2020

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each performing organization may submit in revised “Tracks” as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.

Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than $1,000,000.
Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Consistent with the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-69), cost sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement and cannot include it. National Science Board policy prohibits voluntary committed cost sharing.

Full proposal description