Program Summary

Program Summary

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and notfor-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each performing organization may submit in revised “Tracks” as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than $1,000,000.
  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Consistent with the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-69), cost sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. 

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to two submissions in Track 1 and one submission in Track 2.

Additional Information

Deadlines

UIC Letter of Intent
September 10, 2018
UIC Internal Competition
TBD
Sponsor Letter of Intent
N/A
Sponsor Application
January 22, 2019

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.

DEADLINES FOR LOIs and WHITE PAPERS ARE 12:00 PM (NOON) CHICAGO TIME

Please contact RDS at RDS@uic.edu or 312-996-9969 with any questions.

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.