Opportunity Detail (closed)

Basic Information
Sponsor Name: NSF
Program Name: 2018 Major Research Instrumentation-Development
Acronym: 2018 NSF MRI Development
Number: NSF 15-504
Program URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15504/nsf15504.htm
Limit: 1
Limit Details:

If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).

Standard Format:

PIs may submit a total of five pages as follows: a one (1) page cover page listing a descriptive title for the proposal and all confirmed and tentative collaborators. The title must indicate that the proposal is for development. The cover page must also list the most appropriate Division within an NSF Directorate or the most appropriate NSF office to consider your proposal. An additional four (4) pages are allotted for narrative, addressing the following:

  1. The intellectual merits and broader impacts of the proposed effort
  2. Instrument location and type
  3. Research activities to be enabled
  4. Description of the Research Instrument and needs
  5. Impact on Research and Training Infrastructure
  6. Management plan

Citations and biosketches for key personnel may be included and do not count against the page limits. Letters of support, especially those confirming cost share, are encouraged.

PIs may be offered the opportunity to discuss their proposals with the review committee and/or to answer questions.


The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

Total Cost Notes:
Related Dates
VPR Announcement: May 25, 2017
Internal Due Date: Sep 04, 2017
Committee Review Date/Time: Sep 12, 2017
Announcement of Selection(s): Oct 02, 2017
Full Proposal Due to Sponsor: Feb 05, 2018