Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)

Between March 2010 and November 2011, QEM implemented three proposal development workshops to prepare faculty at minority-serving institutions to submit competitive proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Major Research Instrumentation Program. The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) is a funding program in the NSF Office of Integrative Activities (OIA). MRI serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. (visit the MRI program page at the NSF website for more information).

QEM/MRI proposal development workshops provided faculty with information such as NSF merit review criteria; the components and characteristics of competitive proposals; discipline-focused discussions of the costs and use of research instrumentation; and the integration of research into teaching. Visit the links in the table below to see the agendas for each workshop. The agendas contain links to presentations given by NSF staff as well as QEM consultants and staff.


Linthicum Heights, MD
November 8, 2014
Linthicum Heights, MD
November 7-8, 2014
Baltimore, MD
November 15, 2013
Baltimore, MD
October 25-26, 2013
Baltimore, MD
November 2-3, 2012
Las Vegas, NV
November 4-5, 2011
Atlanta, GA
November 12-13, 2010
New Orleans, LA
March 5-6, 2010

NSF Contact: Dr. Randy Phelps: