NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program

Updated September 10, 2018 for 2019 competition

National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The MRI program also encourages the shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use of the acquired research instrumentation. For more information, please consult the program's guidelines

Miami University may submit up to three MRI proposals (up to two that request between $100,000 and $1 million and no more than one that requests between $1 million and $4 million) on which Miami is either the lead or a partner institution. The MRI program defines instrument development as not merely the combination of individual pieces of equipment into a new system, but rather as a demonstration of the need for a new or upgraded instrument that can provide enhanced of transformative use, open up new area of research, and/or have potential as a commercial product (see guidelines for a more detailed definition). To facilitate the selection of our submissions to NSF, we have set a deadline of October 15, 2018 to receive preliminary MRI proposals for internal review. You are required to provide a preliminary proposal regardless of whether you were selected as an institutional submission in previous years.

If selected, the following deadlines will apply:

  • November 18, 2018: Final draft narrative to OARS (for internal/consultant review)
  • November 30, 2018: Final budget to OARS (to allow time for ODHE Action Fund Equipment Match request to be submitted)
  • January 22, 2019: NSF proposal submission deadline (must be submitted via FastLane)

To be considered as an institutional submission, please email a preliminary proposal to Anne Schauer (schauerap@MiamiOH.edu). include the following in the preliminary proposal:

  • Cover Sheet that includes:
    • List of PI and co-PIs
    • Departments and/or collaborating institutions involved
    • Title of Project
    • Amount requested
  • List of instrumentation to be acquired or developed
  • Project Description addressing both scientific merit and broader impacts (3 pgs max)
  • Copy of all reviewer comments (if you have previously submitted an MRI proposal)

Describe the proposed major research instrumentation, the type of research or research training to be conducted, the activities and projects that would result from this instrumentation, and how students will be involved and how their education will be enhanced through this instrumentation.