NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

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The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the Nation’s scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation.

The MRIProgram 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:

Only three submissions per institution are allowed; no more than two may be for equipment acquisition and one must be for instrument development. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit a one page summary and an NSF or NIH-style biosketch as a single PDF to Jennifer Kluge, at jck67@georgetown.edu (new window), no later than November 17. If selected by the External Awards Review Committee to submit a proposal for the opportunity, the final deadline is January 10, 2018.

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  • 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.

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