Midwest Research Institute
Midwest Research Institute (MRI) is one of the nation’s premier research organizations in the fields of national security and defense. For more than 40 years, MRI has provided the U.S. Government with vital services to help protect America’s citizens and soldiers from chemical and biological attacks.
History: Established in Kansas City in 1944 to provide research and development for industry.
Major Research Areas: MRI performs research in the areas of National Defense, Health Sciences, Agriculture & Food Safety, Engineering, Environment, Information Technology, Energy, Biological Sciences and Analytical Chemistry.
Mission: Providing solutions through scientific research, technology development, and technical services for the benefit of government, industry, and the public.
Structure: MRI has a Board of Trustees, which includes a 16-member Board of Directors composed of business leaders from Kansas City and around the country.
Staff: MRI's staff totals about 1,800 technical and support personnel, with 350 based in Kansas City and more than 230 staff members at MRI operations in Florida, and Rockville and Frederick, Maryland, and other locations.
Some 1,230 MRI staff are located at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, which the Institute operates and manages for the Department of Energy.
MRI staff hold basic and advanced degrees in such diverse disciplines as chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, applied statistics, transportation, computer programming, clinical psychology, mathematics, economics, and numerous other fields.
Facilities: MRI's Kansas City headquarters facility houses 135 laboratories. Located south of Kansas City is MRI's Deramus Field Station, a 78-acre site used for agriculture, biotechnology, and other field testing. MRI's Natural Products and Nutritional Research Center, a 160-acre farm in Bates County, Mo., serves as a research extension for Deramus. The research center conducts agronomic and horticultural seed research, studies of farming practices, and other crop research. MRI also operates office and laboratory facilities in Palm Bay, Florida; Frederick, Maryland; and Rockville, Maryland.
NREL: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, has been managed and operated by MRI for the U.S. Department of Energy since its inception in 1977.
Equipment: Continually updating its facilities, MRI currently operates more than $30 million worth of instrumentation and support equipment at its Kansas City headquarters.
Project Experience: Over the years, MRI's expertise has been applied to more than 20,000 projects for over 6,500 clients.
Code of Conduct: MRI provides a Code of Conduct to all staff members to guide our actions and behavior throughout the course of conducting business.
Certifications: MRI's facility in Kansas City is ISO 9001:2000 certified. In addition, MRI performs work in compliance with GLP and GMP.
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