Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) –Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
This program 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.
Please note: The MRI program requires matching Funds. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information. Create your cost share information in the Fundraising section of the project description.
Research Office Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017
Track 1 - request support for the acquisition of a shared, major, state-of-the-art instrument, thereby improving access to, and increased use of, and a modern research instrument by scientists, engineers, and students.
Track 2 proposal - request support for the development of the next generation of major instrumentation, resulting in a new type of instrument that is more widely used, and/or opens up new areas of research and research training.
Agency Deadline: January 10, 2018
Anticipated Funding Amount: $75,000,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 160
Limit on Number of Proposals per organization: 3 (If 3 proposals are submitted, at least one must be for instrument development, no more than two may be for instrument acquisition.)
In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than three proposals are submitted.
General guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:
COVER SHEET (1 page)
PROJECT DESCRIPTION (1 - 4 pages)
Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional – but as you write envision who might be a reviewer of your proposal or the Program Officer.
Questions, please email Roy.Haggerty@oregonstate.edu