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NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program


The NSF 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 the research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers, and builders.

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The NSF MRI program, NSF 18-513, 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.

Research Computing at William & Mary is in the midst of preparing a submission to the NSF MRI proposal this upcoming January 2021. A single combined (VIMS/Main) effort is underway to purchase computational science hardware. Over 25 research groups from twelve different departments are already participating in this proposal.  As you may know, much of the hardware at W&M is of advanced age and will need to be retired soon.

If you have an interest in contributing to this proposal, please contact the point person Eric Walter (ejwalt@wm.edu).