MRI Fact Sheet

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, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing 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. 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. 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). 

*An organization may submit up to three proposals, but no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition.
Deadline: January 22, 2015; revised solicitation is anticipated in late September, 2014
Eligibility: Institutions of higher education, not-for-profit, non-degree-granting domestic U.S. organizations, consortia of organizations. See solicitation for additional details on eligibility.
Award Amount: $100,000 to $4M. Cost-sharing of 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations.
Total Program Funding: $90 million. Up to $35M for proposals requesting between $1M and $4M; minimum of $100K unless special case (non-PhD institution)
Expected Number of Awards: 175
Previously Funded Projects: Canisius College: $136,500; Union College: $333,531; University of Findlay: $64,467

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