Funding Opportunities With Institutional Limits

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program (NSF 23-519)

Synopsis and Revision Notes
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals for the 2023 MRI program. For more information on the program and its requirements, view the full program solicitation.

This program only allows a limited number of submissions per institution. Due to this constraint, ORSP is organizing an internal competition. A team of faculty members selected by the Vice Provost for Research will select the winning proposal to be submitted to the NSF for this opportunity.

Eligibility Information

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: Two (2) in Track 1, one (1) in Track 2 and one (1) in Track 3

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or co-PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.


ORSP white paper submission deadline: September 29, 2023
Notification to PIs to move forward for proposal: October 6, 2023

NSF Submission Deadline

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):
November 15, 2023

White Paper Submission Requirements

Principal Investigators must submit their white papers as a single .pdf document to the ORSP Internal RFP email address,, with the subject header “NSF MRI” by 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2023

The white paper must contain the following information:

Cover Page (1 page)

PI name and contact information
Co-PI names and contact information

Project Summary (maximum length, 1 page)

Each proposal must contain a summary of the proposed project not more than one page in length.  It should consist of an overview, a statement of the intellectual merit of the proposed activity, and a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity (See NSF 23-519).

Budget and Budget Justification (1 page)

State the total project cost

State the major expense categories of the budget and the justification for each category

NOTE: All white papers will be reviewed by an internal review committee appointed by the Vice Provost for Research. White papers will be selected to move forward and will be announced on October 6, 2023.