Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

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.The MRI Program 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.

Only three applications per institution are allowed.  To apply, visit the Competition Space site, accessible via the Pitt Passport portal, to apply.  Applications that are submitted through the site are reviewed by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research. In cases where there are more applications received through the site than stipulated by the sponsor, an ad hoc committee is convened to make selection recommendations. Questions regarding these funding opportunities or the internal competition process should be directed to Ryan Champagne: or 412.624.7410

Internal Due Date

Monday, October 22, 2018

Application Due Date

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Link to External Announcement