Updated On November 30, 2018 - 2:38pm

NSF Releases Solicitation for Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. 

The Mid-scale Research Infrastructure Big Idea is intended to provide NSF with an agile,  Foundation-wide process to fund experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range between the MRI and Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) thresholds.

Within Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1 (RI-1), proposers may submit two types of projects, "Implementation" and "Design". Design and Implementation projects may comprise any combination of equipment, infrastructure, computational hardware and software, and necessary commissioning. Design includes planning (preliminary and final design) of research infrastructure with an anticipated total project cost that is appropriate for future Mid-scale RI-1, Mid-scale Researcg Infrastructure 2 (RI-2) or MREFC-class investments. Mid-scale RI-1 uses an inclusive definition of implementation, which can include traditional stand-alone construction or acquisition and can include a degree of advanced development leading immediately to final system acquisition and/or construction. 

For more details, please refer to the program page.


  • Preliminary Proposals: February, 19, 2019
  • Full Proposals: May 20, 2019