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The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in our nation's institutions of higher education, research museums and non-profit research institutions. 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 encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-institutional use and in concert with private sector partners.

The MRI Program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus. Proposal requests for computer and networked systems, clusters of advanced workstations, and other information infrastructure components necessary for research are encouraged under Instrument Acquisition. Under Instrument Development, NSF seeks to expand the research community's capabilities by supporting the development of new instruments or upgrades with enhanced performance. NSF particularly encourages collaborations between disciplinary scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable in unique instrumentation areas and private sector experts in the area of instrument manufacture.

Proposals will be considered for instrumentation used for any NSF-supported field of science, mathematics, and engineering. The research activities using this instrumentation need not be supported by NSF or the federal government.

Because MU is limited to three proposals for this program (with at least one of the three proposals being for instrument development), letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, August 10, 2007. Letters of intent should be no longer than three pages and should include 1) the investigators, types of research and sources of funding expected to use the equipment; 2) a brief description of the instrumentation; 3) a rationale for acquiring or developing the instrumentation and its potential impact on research at MU; 4) the anticipated cost of the project; and 5) whether the application will be for instrument acquisition or development.


Awards for instrumentation will range from $100,000 to $2 million

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2007

Sponsor Deadline:

MRI deadlines are annually the fourth Thursday in January. Next year that will be January 24, 2008.

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in relevant disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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