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NSF Major Research Instrumentation Internal Competition Briefing

It’s time to begin our annual competition cycle to select proposals to advance for submission to the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant program. To familiarize interested faculty with the MRI program, required cost-share, and the internal competition process/timeline Ohio State will use to select its applicants, the Research Development Office will host a briefing on Thursday, August 27th from 1:30 – 3 p.m. via ZOOM. I am writing to request your help to make faculty aware of this briefing and to advise all that this year’s internal preliminary proposal submission deadline is September 11th

Those interested in participating in the briefing should register by clicking on the “RSVP for this Event” link to the right of the event description on the Office of Research calendar: Those unable to attend, but interested in applying, or those in need of additional information should contact Samantha Grevas at

The NSF MRI program is focused on enabling advances in fundamental science and engineering research by increasing access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training. It supports the acquisition or development of a single multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders. NSF limits the number of proposals any institution may submit to three:  no more than 2 in Track 1 ($100,000 - $1 million) and no more than one in Track 2 ($1-$4 million). Proposals are accepted in all areas of inquiry supported by NSF (Engineering, Math/Physical Sciences, Geosciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Biological Sciences, Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Education and Human Resources).

Visit to review the full solicitation and program requirements.