College Grants & Sponsored Programs

2023 NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) - Internal Competition

National Science Foundation (NSF)
MRI Program Page | MRI Solicitation

Internal Competition Deadline:
Wednesday, September 27th by 5PM ET

The NSF MRI Program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. This is a limited-submission program. Applicants are selected through an internal preliminary proposal competition.

Preliminary Proposal Application Instructions:

  1. Read the NSF MRI Program Solicitation, NSF 23-519.
  2. Download and complete the Fall 2023 Preliminary Proposal Form.
  3. Save the completed Preliminary Proposal Form and applicable attachments as a single PDF.
  4. Email the PDF to Nicole Marshall at by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of NSF's MRI virtual town halls being offered on September 14 and 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. To register, click here.

Review and Notification Process:

The Academic Deans and Sponsored Programs Office will review the preliminary proposals, judging each by NSF's merit review criteria (intellectual merit and broader impacts) while taking into consideration Union's institutional and academic priorities. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information needed to clarify plans for the proposed instrumentation. Applicants should be notified of the Deans’ final decision on or before 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6th.