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NSF MRI Program

Important Dates

Notice of Intent Deadline: September, 26 2016 by email to

SIUE Application Deadline: October 10, 2016 by email to

NSF Full Application Deadline: January 11, 2017 through Fastlane and with the assistance of the SIUE Office of Research and Projects.


The National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation Grant (MRI) Program accepts applications for projects to purchase major equipment in support of outstanding research initiatives in a region. This highly-prized and competitive program allows only three (3) submissions per institution (up to two acquisition and one development, or potentially up to three development).* In order to properly coordinate SIUE submissions, the Office of Research & Projects will conduct an internal competition among potential applicants.

a. Potential applicants must submit an email notice of intent (NOI) to compete by September 26, 2016.

b. Pre-proposal applications to this internal competition are due October 10, 2016.

All NOI and internal proposal materials should be emailed to Esther Erkins at

Winners of the internal competition will be notified of their authorization to submit a full proposal to the NSF in January 2017.

*Please note that Co-PIs on a proposal with someone outside of our institution are still required to submit proposal materials to the Office of Research and Projects. The NSF will count the collaborative proposal toward our institutional limit.

Required SIUE Pre-Proposal Materials

1. Project Summary (max 3 - 5 pages) with emphasis on how the instrument would enable or extend research on campus, where it would be housed, maintenance costs or issues associated with the instrument, and broad impact (see information below).

2. Each PI or Co-PI must provide a 2-page C.V. with selected publications and activities that most relate to the projects conducted on this equipment.

Stronger proposals will

  • address how the project meets the NSF MRI program goals and guidelines
  • provide a strong plan and timeline for purchasing and installing the equipment, including a time chart outlining activities
  • address how the equipment will be stored and in which location
  • include a plan for training individuals to run and maintain the equipment
  • contain a management plan for sharing the equipment among the PI’s and other researchers
  • consider the importance of the broad impact statements.
    • The MRI program includes a requirement in the full application that the applicant’s discuss the potential impact of the instrument: this may include issues related to how the project will 1) make a substantial improvement in the institution's capabilities to conduct leading‐edge research; 2) provide research experiences for undergraduate students using leading‐edge facilities; and/or 3) broaden the participation in science and engineering research by women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities. Stronger proposals will not only address how the new instrument will enable research on campus and in the area, but also how the research conducted on the MRI instrument might address such “broad impact” concerns.

Selected nominees from the internal program will work with the SIUE Office of Research and Projects to prepare the project budget and proposal for submission to the agency in time for the January deadline.

NSF Program Guidelines

For more information about the program, including the MRI Solicitation and FAQs, visit the Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA) MRI website.  


For more information about pre-proposal materials and internal competition guidelines, contact Patience Graybill Condellone at

Previous Awardees

Gordon, Christopher, Jie Gong, Gary Mayer, Gregory Vogel, Kurt Schulz. "MRI: Acquisition of a 3D Laser Scanner to Support Multi-disciplinary Research in Data-driven Management of Cultural, Physical, and Biological Resources." September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012. $100,00.

Cho, Sohung, H. Felix Lee, Kevin Hubbard, Luis Youn. "MRI: Acquisition of Major Components Required for Constructing Supply Chain Test-bed." September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010. $169,347.

Zimmerman Holt, Julie, Michael Shaw, Luci Kohn, Cory Willmott, Huichun Zhang. "ARRA: MRI-R2: Acquisition of Raman and Infrared Microscopes for Interdisciplinary Research." February 10, 2010 - February 10, 2011. $572,417.

Shaw, Michael, Eric Voss, Paul Wanda. "MRI: Acquisition of an EPR Spectrometer for Teaching and Research." September 01, 2008 - August 31, 2009. $173,865.

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