Date Open: 
National Science Foundation
ORD Notice of Intent Deadline: 
Agency Deadline: 
Limit per Institution: 
Important Notes: 
Cost share waived for are waived for a period of 5 years, beginning with the FY 2023 MRI competition

Major Research Instrumentation Program:

Solicitation: NSF 23-519

  • NOI Due to Research Office - August 15, 2023
  • October 16 - November 15, Annually

Institutional Limit: 4 - See Limit Summary

This competition is closed for tracks 1 and 2.  A space remains for Track 3 - which must be equipment that specifically reduces helium consumption.  To apply, email for instructions.

Four (4) as described below.

An MRI proposal may request from NSF up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Each performing organization may submit in revised "Tracks" as defined below, with no more than two (2) submissions in Track 1 and no more than one (1) submission in Track 2. For the newly defined Track 3, no more than one (1) submission per competition is permitted. As a result, it is now possible for an institution to submit up to four MRI proposals within the Track limits.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than $100,0001 and less than $1,400,000.

  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,400,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

  • Track 3: Track 3 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than or equal to $4,000,000 that include the purchase, installation, operation, and maintenance of equipment and instrumentation to conserve or reduce the consumption of helium. Institutions may submit no more than one Track 3 proposal. Submission of a Track 3 proposal does not impact limits that apply for Track 1 and Track 2 proposals.  

Notice of Intent Components:

InfoReady FORM INFORMATION  - Please submit in the InfoReady System here.*

  • Descriptive Title
  • Track: NSF Track (1-3) targeted.
  • Total Budget Request:  Estimated total funds requested from NSF.
  • Project Summary:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.
  • Unique Aspects:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that highlight how your research/approach is different/better.
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the NSF.  NSF funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. Quotes are strongly encouraged for purchase of capital equipment and can be uploaded separately.  Likewise, documentation supporting the estimated cost of fabricated equipment is also encouraged.
  • Justification for NSF support: One paragraph explaining why this research fits with the RFP and strategic goals of NSF. 


  • Problem statement: Explain how the instrument acquired or developed will be used for exciting, ground-breaking and/or transformative transformative multi-user, shared-use research and/or research training. How will the project lead to advancement of research/knowledge?
  • Impact: What is the extent to which the proposed project will make a substantial improvement in the organization's capabilities to conduct leading-edge research? What will be the impact at the regional or national level?
  • Proposed activities: Describe the technical specifications of the equipment and timelines that will be undertaken.
  • Operations and Maintenance:  Describe the organization's commitment to ensuring successful operations and maintenance over the expected lifetime of the instrument.
  • Broader impacts/Education and training: How will this project support the training of the next generation of instrumentalists?  How will the project broaden the participation in science and engineering research (especially as lead PIs) by women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities and/or early-career investigators?

Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional 

  • Reviewer 1: Area of expertise
  • Name
  • Title
  • Contact
  • State why you think this person would be a good reviewer.

Cost documentation in appendices is not subject to page limitations.

Notes:  First time InfoReady users will need to create an account following the directions on the InfoReady Home page for Oregon State University users at first use and then will have SSO login.  

*InfoReady does not save automatically, so data must be saved while applications are in process.

Questions, please email