Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R²)

The zooplankton laboratory at San Francisco
State University's Romberg Tiburon Center
for Environmental Studies

Credit: © Rob O'Dea Photography

The Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R²) is designed to support 21st century research and research training infrastructure in our Nation's academic institutions and non-profit research organizations, such as research museums, research laboratories, and research consortia. ARI-R² will revitalize existing research facilities so that they provide next-generation research infrastructure and facilitate the integration of researchers with shared resources such as remote instruments and research platforms, data repositories, and national computing facilities. Research facilities are shared space where sponsored and/or unsponsored research activities and research training take place. They may be "bricks and mortar," mobile or virtual research space.

The ARI-R² Program's goals are to:

  • Update research facilities at institutions of higher education (including graduate and undergraduate institutions, among which are included community colleges) and other, non-profit research organizations (e.g., independent research museums, independent research laboratories, and research consortia) in order to support research that can address the challenges of the 21st century.

  • Enable academic departments, disciplinary and cross-disciplinary units, or multi-organization consortia to renovate research facilities through the addition or augmentation of cyberinfrastructure, other than general-purpose computing systems or data storage systems, to create environments that enhance research and integrate research with education.

  • Improve access to and increase use of next-generation research facilities for researchers, educators and students.

  • Assist research organizations, including those that have historically received limited Federal research and development funds, to improve their science and engineering research environments.


On April 15th, OIA hosted the event INCUBATING TRANSFORMATION: How NSF Program Awards are Catalyzing Progress in Research and Education. The event included presentations, a panel discussion and poster sessions highlighting four of our most prestigious programs: Science and Technology Centers, Major Research Instrumentation, Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and Academic Research Infrastructure. To see the presentations from the event please visit You will need to register with your email address to watch the videos.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to assess the potential impacts on the human environment of ten projects being considered for funding under the Academic Research Infrastructure: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2) program.  These proposed projects, if approved, would be funded under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

This EA was prepared pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, (NEPA), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA at 40 CFR 1500-1508) and NSF’s regulations implementing NEPA at 45 CFR 640.


ARI-R² Solicitation *

*Due Dates: Current but no longer receiving proposals


Program Information:    

Room 935N


ARI Program Officer:
Dr. Stephen Meacham Room 935N Phone:703-292-8040


Recent Awards Made Through ARI-R2 Program, with Abstracts

ARI-R2 program-specific terms and conditions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Part 1

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Part 2

Archived webcasts:

May 28, 2009 -

July 20, 2009 -