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MRIGlobal History

A History of Excellence

About MRIGlobal

For more than 75 years, MRIGlobal’s research and engineering contributions have been advancing knowledge and improving our world.

MRIGlobal’s focus is translating new technologies that support better health outcomes for humans, animals, and our environment. We apply our diverse and cutting-edge technical capabilities and expertise to provide smart, collaborative solutions that solve our customers’ precise needs. We deliver global technology-based research in national security and defense, energy and environment, life and animal sciences, agriculture and food safety, and transportation.

Our Beginning

MRIGlobal was founded as the not-for-profit Midwest Research Institute on June 17, 1944 by Kansas City area business leaders to support industry, provide jobs, and advance scientific knowledge. This visionary and community-minded cadre of leaders determined that a research facility could help the region find ways to retain workers whose jobs were vanishing due to farm mechanization and the loss of the military manufacturing industry.

MRIGlobal’s story is marked by steady expansion of increasing scope and complexity. Today the organization’s impact spans the globe, performing contract scientific and engineering research for government and industry.

Learn more about key highlights in our history – download our history timeline brochure.

Our Mission

To use science and technology to create solutions for a safer, healthier, more sustainable world.


Our Values

World leadership in technology and science begins with simple principles.

People: We respect and celebrate our diverse colleagues.
Safety and Security: We ensure safety and security in all we do.
Customer Focus: We listen to our customers and rapidly translate their needs into results.
Quality: We continuously improve to ensure excellence and efficiency.
Collaboration: We encourage spirited interaction, creativity, and open-mindedness in our search for innovative solutions.
Honesty: We demonstrate honesty and good judgment. We are responsible for our actions.
Community: We make our communities better places.


We value unique backgrounds and perspectives in every aspect of our mission.

As an organization dedicated to scientific  advancement,  MRIGlobal  invites and embraces diversity in our people. We value their unique backgrounds and perspectives in every aspect of our mission. We are committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and represented;  fostering a culture where everyone’s input is heard. We  adapt to change, challenge the status quo, and evolve through  belonging,  allyship,  and support of everyone.

MRIGlobal is an independent organization performing contract research for government and industry.

We work with government agencies, commercial businesses, and academic institutions every year to help further unbiased research and innovative development.

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