Short Term Independent Research Programs

MCI’s program for Smithsonian collections staff (conservators, curators, etc.) is available to carry out independent research at MCI, using space, equipment, and expertise on a project associated with Smithsonian museum art and artifacts. This program would be available to permanent, full-time staff to conduct technical/scientific research on an aspect of their collection at MCI on a part- or full-time basis for a mutually agreed on length of time.

Conservators and curators working at museums often encounter problems and issues that require a focused scientific research approach to resolve. MCI would welcome the opportunity to assist them in an independent research project, one ready for exploration, experimental testing, and resolution. MCI will provide a setting of quiet study, an information center with 32,000 specialized reprints, access to laboratory equipment, and assistance from staff.

Applicants should obtain permission from their supervisor in advance and complete a short (one or two page) proposal conveying the nature of the problem, its importance to the Smithsonian collections, potential avenues of analysis and resolution. These may be submitted at any time to MCI. Applicants should be prepared to suggest a probable starting time period, a probable duration of the project, and should anticipate a publishable or presentable result for the museum community.


Eligibility: Smithsonian collections staff
Application Procedure: See above
Deadline: None
Notification: 30 days
Research Beginning Date: Mutually agreed

Correspondence should be directed to:
Deputy Director
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746


Fax: 301-238-3709