Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Farhad Ansari, Civil and Materials Engineering
  • Junxia (Lucy) Shi, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Karl Rockne, Civil & Materials Engineering

Program Summary

Program Summary

The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers.


The instrument acquired or developed 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, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.


Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.


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

UIC may submit up to three proposals provided at least one is for Instrument Development.  This limit includes participation as a significantly funded subawardee on another instititons MRI proposal.

An unfunded collaboration does not count against the submission limit. Inclusion as a funded subawardee on a development (Track 2) proposal at a level in excess of 20% of the total budget requested from NSF, or as a funded subawardee on any acquisition (Track 1) proposal, will be counted against an organization's proposal submission limit.

Preference will be given to applications on which UIC is the lead institution.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
October 3, 2016
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
January 11, 2017

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Please submit a  Letter of Intent (LOI) Form and follow the instructions below. Please note "Acquistiion" or Development" in the title.   Please contact Tony Halford at or 6-7036 with any questions.

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