Thinking about applying to the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program? Want to learn more about this limited submission opportunity?  Then this session is for you!


The Research Development Office is presenting a NSF MRI Panel Discussion/Q&A session on Monday, October 18 from 9-10am moderated by Rich Hichwa (Sr. Assoc. VP for Research). This panel session will provide an opportunity to hear from three accomplished NSF MRI award recipients regarding their experience with the application process, need-to-know information, plus much more.


Elizabeth Stone

Leonard MacGillivray

Lou Messerle
Associate Professor

Panelist Bios

Elizabeth Stone: Elizabeth Stone is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry.  Her research interests include human exposures to particulate matter in the atmosphere which is a leading cause of premature death worldwide. Research in the Stone Group combines analytical, environmental, and organic chemistry with the objective of advancing our understanding of the chemical  composition and sources of atmospheric particulate matter.  Dr. Stone received the MRI award titled "MRI: Acquisition of a Hybrid Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer with an Ultra-High Pressure Chromatograph" in 2019.

Leonard MacGillivray: Leonard MacGillivray is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Professor in the College of Pharmacy, and Department Chair of Chemistry. His research interests include molecular recognition; solid state organic and inorganic chemistry; crystal photochemistry; nanotechnology, synthesis of porous molecular solids and nanometer scale molecular structures for applications in separations, catalysis, and molecular switching, and organic solid state synthesis by design. Dr. MacGillivray received the MRI award titled "MRI: Acquisition of a Variable-Temperature, Dual- Wavelength, Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer" in 2018 and Co-PI on the MRI award titled "MRI: Acquisition of a 400-MHz NMR Spectrometer with Nitrogen-Cooled Cryoprobe" in 2020.

Lou Messerle: Lou Messerle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry.  His research interests include the synthesis, structure, and reactivity of novel, coordinatively and electronically unsaturated organotransition metal complexes.  Major interests of his research group consists of metal cluster compounds of the early transition metals, high atomic number main group elements, and lanthanides.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Hichwa who is currently the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Professor in Radiology, Physics, and Radiation Oncology. He has served as director of the positron emission tomography imaging center at both University of Michigan Medical School and University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. His research interests focus on use of positron emission tomography in investigation of human cellular and system function, development of scientific visualization methodologies to analyze image-based data, design of radiation detector systems, as well as development of institutional programs focused on responsible research conduct.

Want to Apply? Internal Application Details

The NSF MRI program is a limited submission opportunity. The UI may submit up to three MRI proposals to the NSF. The UI internal deadline to apply to the program is Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

For additional information and how to apply, visit here.

Click here to view the NSF MRI program solicitation.

Panel Date, Time, and Registration

The Panel Discussion and Q&A session will be held on Monday, October 18 from 9-10am

Register here to receive the Zoom link and submit questions ahead of time.


Please email with any questions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Britt Ryan in advance at