Instrumentation Programs

The information provided on this page is intended to help with the long-range planning necessary to pursue instrumentation grants.  Please be aware that the priorities and timing of these programs can change.

This is a work in progress and will continue to develop in the coming months. 

Instrumentation Programs 




PROGRAM:  Major Research Instrumentation Program

AMOUNT: $100K - 4M total

PERIOD:  3 - 5 Years

DEADLINE:  January



The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training. 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. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.




PROGRAM: Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR)

AMOUNT: ~$300K total

PERIOD: 3 Years




The Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) Program supports the development of instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research, in areas supported by NSF Biology programs (see

The goal is to produce systems that would benefit a broad user community through mass distribution of the technology.  Interdisciplinary collaborations are strongly encouraged, as are partnerships with U.S. industries that can facilitate knowledge transfer, commercialization and broad utilization in the research community.



See Major Changes to NIH's S10 Programs


PROGRAM: High-End Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10)

AMOUNT: $750K - 1M

PERIOD: 1 Year

DEADLINE: September

LIMIT:  None - Multiple proposals for the same type of instrument not permitted.

FREQUENCY: Every other year.  Next 2015.

The focus of the HEI Program is on a new generation of instruments that cost over $1,000,000 but the floor for the program has been set at $750,000. Applications for routine instruments such as midfield NMR spectrometers or other applications for requests totaling over $750,000 which are the result of an over-estimation of price and/or an excessive number of accessories, are not appropriate.




PROGRAM: High Performance Computing System Acquisition

AMOUNT: $2M - 10M total

PERIOD: 4 Years




Themes change for this program each year.  Generally the focus is on ensuring that the science and engineering community has ready access to the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities required to tackle the most complex problems and issues facing today's scientific and educational communities. To accomplish these goals requires advanced computational capabilities within the context of a multilevel comprehensive and innovative infrastructure that benefits all fields of science and engineering.