Major Research Instrumentation

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves 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 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.


UW is limited to three (3) proposals for NSF MRI. We expect several possible proposals to emerge from campus and therefore an internal competition and review will be required. If you wish to participate, a pre-proposal must be submitted in InfoReady Review no later than Monday October 18, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. Late pre-proposals will not be accepted.


You may find more details and submit a proposal in InfoReady Review via the link below.


If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to our Director of Research Services, Farrell Rapp ( or our central email (!


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