Sponsor:  National Science Foundation (NSF)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: NSF 15-504
Funding Amount: up to $4,000,000 per award
Duration: up to 5 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: Mark Patterson (MES/CEE); Murray Gibson (COS) and David Luzzi (Office of the Provost); Steve Cranford (CEE)


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 11/21/2014
Sponsor Deadline: 01/22/2015

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

NSF 13-517 allows only two acquisition and one development proposal or two development and one acquisition proposal. If you are planning to submit an MRI proposal, please contact Horst Wittmann (x3836) as early as possible, and by November 22, submit a 2-page pre-proposal following the format defined in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

Funding Areas

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, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. 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.

To accomplish the program’s goals, 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 instrument is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (in contrast to requests for multiple instruments that enable research in a common or focused research domain, which MRI does not support). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or that will be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.