Limited Submission Opportunities

On occasion, a funding opportunity will arise that is limited to just one or two proposals from each institution. In that case, an internal competition is necessary to pick the most promising applications. Please contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, to express interest in these opportunities at

Current List of Opportunities


National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

Sponsor Window -- January 1 to January 19, 2023
(If submitting on the last day of the window, 1/19/23, must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern)

Synopsis of Program from NSF:
The MRI Program 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.

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

An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Organizations may submit in Tracks as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.
    •  Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1M.
    •  Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1M up to and including $4M.
Cost sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required.

If you are interested in applying for the MRI program, please contact Kris Wolff at

Please also see NSF's Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure funding opportunity for larger purchases -- those over $4M and up to $20M. Pre-proposals are due on January 5, 2023 by 5pm, and full proposals are by invitation only, due May 5, 2023. The Mid-Scale RI opportunity is not limited in the number of pre-proposals Fordham may submit.