text-only page produced automatically by LIFT Text
Transcoder Skip all navigation and go to page contentSkip top navigation and go to directorate navigationSkip top navigation and go to page navigation
National Science Foundation HomeNational Science Foundation - Office of International and Integrative Activities (OIIA)
Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA)
IIA Home
About IIA
Funding Opportunities
Career Opportunities
View IIA Staff
IIA Organizations
Integrative Programs and Activities
International Science and Engineering (ISE)
Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Proposals and Awards
Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
Proposal Preparation and Submission
bullet Grant Proposal Guide
  bullet Grants.gov Application Guide
Award and Administration
bullet Award and Administration Guide
Award Conditions
Other Types of Proposals
Merit Review
NSF Outreach
Policy Office

Major Research Instrumentation ProgramCrosscutting Programs NSF Wide Flag

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the Nationís scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation. The MRI Program enables research-intensive learning environments that promote the development of a diverse workforce and next generation instrumentation, as well as facilitates academic/private sector partnerships. Among the goals of the MRI Program are:

  • Supporting the acquisition of major state-of-the-art instrumentation, thereby improving access to, and increased use of, modern research and research training instrumentation by a diverse workforce of scientists, engineers, and graduate and undergraduate students;
  • Fostering the development of the next generation of instrumentation, resulting in new instruments that are more widely used, and/or open up new areas of research and research training;
  • Enabling academic departments, disciplinary and cross-disciplinary units, and multi-organization collaborations to create well-equipped research environments that integrate research with education;
  • Supporting the acquisition and development of instrumentation that contributes to, or takes advantage of, existing investments in cyberinfrastructure, while avoiding duplication of services already provisioned by NSF investments;
  • Promoting substantive and meaningful partnerships for instrument development between the academic and private sectors. Such partnerships have the potential to build capacity for instrument development in academic settings and to create new products with wide scientific and commercial impact.


The FY2013 MRI Solicitation (NSF 13-517) is available. The prior FY2012 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are also available.


An informational MRI webcast was held on Friday, December 14, 2012. During the webcast the MRI program, the current MRI solicitation (NSF 13-517), and the FY2013 competition was discussed. MRI Program Officers addressed frequently asked questions and answered questions submitted by the online audience. The archived webcast is available on the TV Worldwide webpage. [Note: If you plan to view the webcast you must be registered. Registration is free of charge. Click here for registration.]

The PowerPoint slides used during the webcast can be found here.


Program Information:    

Email: mri@nsf.gov



MRI Program Officer:
Dr. Stephen Meacham   Phone: 703-292-8040


2000 COV

Report Response Summary  
2005 COV Report Response Update (2009)  
2010 COV * Report Response    

*The 2010 Major Research Instrumentation Committee of Visitors (MRI COV) Meeting had been held from June 10 through June 11, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia.


Award Lists
2012 2011 2010 2009* 2008 2007 2006 2005      
2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997        


* Projects funded under ARRA are included with this link.

**One time only, awards made in response to the Gulf of 2010 Mexico oil spill.

The NSF-wide MRI Webpage can be accessed here.


QEM MRI Workshop Presentation (November 2, 2012)

MRI Program Overview Webcast (December 6, 2011)

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Brochure




Email this pagePrint this page
Back to Top of page