Now Accepting Notices of Intent for NSF MRI Program

The National Science Foundation’s solicitation for the Major Research Instrumentation Program is designed to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI proposal may request up to $4,000,000 to purchase or develop research instruments.

Prospective applicants must submit a PARS notice of Intent by 8/2/2019. UMaine may a total of three proposals – two proposals to the track one program and one proposal to the track two program (see attachment for details). If more PIs than allowed submit a notice of intent, a subsequent pre-application will be due 8/30/2019 and an internal competition will be held to select the projects that will go forward for submission to NSF.

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

For more information on the MRI program and the internal competition please see the attached pre-proposal announcement. Also, if you are logged in to InfoReady, you can view the internal competition here.

Questions can be directed to:

Jason C. Charland
Director, Office of Research Development
University of Maine
60 Stodder Hall