The National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program funds the acquisition and development of critical research instrumentation. Proposals can be submitted under two tracks up to $4 million for multi-user research instruments.
New Legislative Developments
Section 10320 of Subtitle B of the recently passed CHIPS Act of 2022 indicates the cost share requirements of the MRI program will be waived for a period of five years. While the current FOA states that 30% of the cost-share is still required, a recent announcement from NSF noted that “a new solicitation implementing support for MRI in the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 will be posted soon, with the FY 2023 submission deadline following by at least 90 days.” McAllister & Quinn continues to monitor developments for the MRI program.
Instruments funded through the MRI program must positively impact the community by solving problems in the science and engineering fields. This program stresses the importance of multi-user approaches and student involvement through training and education. If you plan to apply to the MRI program, McAllister & Quinn has developed a program analysis that provides strategies for increasing proposal competitiveness.
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