425 Volker Boulevard
Kansas City MO 64110-2241
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 753-7600
Fax 816- 753-2148
Mission Statement
To use science and technology to create solutions for a safer, healthier, more sustainable world.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Thomas M. Sack Ph. D.
Board Chair Mr. David F. Oliver
Board Chair Company Affiliation BerkowitzOliver LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1943
Former Names
Midwest Research Institute
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Check, credit card donations

Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
To use science and technology to create solutions for a safer, healthier, more sustainable world.
Background Statement
MRIGlobal is an independent, not-for-profit, contract research organization. Established in Kansas City in 1943. MRIGlobal performs research in the areas of national security and  defense, life sciences, energy and the environment, argriculture and food safety, engineering and infrastructure.
MRIGlobal staff hold basic and advanced degrees in chemistry, biology, physics, chemical engineering, applied statistics, transportation engineering, computer programming, clinical psychology, mathematics, economics, and numerous other fields.
MRIGlobal's Kansas City Headquarters facility houses 135 laboratories.  MRIGlobal's Deramus Field Station, a 78-acre site used for agriculture, biotechnology, and other field testing is located south of Kansas City. MRIGlobal also operates laboratory facilities in Palm Bay, Florida; Gaithersburg, Maryland; North Kansas City, Missouri; and Charlottesville, Virginia.
MRIGlobal manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, for the U.S. Department of Energy, as it has since its inception in 1977.  MRIGlobal has more than 450 scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative professionals, with 40 percent holding advanced degrees.
Impact Statement

  • At MRIGlobal, we take on challenging problems in health, security and energy.
  • Armed with science and technology, we explore the gorowing interdependencies between our health, our energy needs, and our nation’s security.
  • Whether it is a serious health issue, an act of terrorism, or providing power to the underserved: Challenging issues can affect lives and families for years.
  • Serving a broad base of clients across government and industry, MRIGlobal’s team creates smart solutions that protect us today and help secure our future.
  • We seriously work to protect those things that matter most.
  • Our customized solutions in national security and defense and health include research and development capabilities in clinical research support, infectious disease and biological threat agent detection, global biological engagement, in vitro diagnostics, and laboratory management and operations.
Goals for 2019:
We place a special focus on areas of converging scientific domains that meet the evolving needs of our clients (industry, government, academia) in solving some of the world’s most pressing issues in:
  • Health in an Inter-connected World
  • Addressing Evolving Threats
  • Power for Tomorrow
  • We march forward in our public service and mission: To use science and technology to deliver solutions for a safer, healthier, more sustainable world.
Needs Statement MRIGlobal is recognized internationally for its independent, unbiased scientific research supporting critical programs to benefit society.  In order to sustain its quality research, MRIGlobal seeks contributions and grants to continue upgrading laboratories and equipment, and to attract and retain talented staff. MRIGlobal also seeks contributions and grants to support independent scientific research projects.    
Service Categories
Biological, Life Science Research
National Security
Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
MRIGlobal, since its founding in 1943 as Midwest Research Institute, has grown from a regional institute to a nationally recognized research and development organization with offices and projects throughout the United States.
MRIGlobal is not only a leader in research and development, but also in our community.  as a not-for-profit, MRIGlobal supports education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is active in civic and community service initiatives.  MRIGlobal has supported Science Pioneers for more than 50 years; it also provides funding, tutoring and employee support for the robotics program at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. 
MRIGlobal is addressing the global energy challenges that requires big-picture approaches. Our energy solutions are a refinement of the best options in rentable alternative, and fossil energy and energy-efficient technologies.  With ingenuity, wind, solar, geothermal, fossil, biomass, and even waste streams can power our world.   MRIGlobal has built a reputation for excellence in research expertise and facilities management with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 
Category Environment, General/Other Energy Resources
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success
Discoveries made through MRIGlobal research are adapted into procedures and standards used to develop and deliver energy and improve the efficiency of our energy use.  Clients continue to award MRIGlobal challenging new research projects.
Long-Term Success
MRIGlobal conducts scientific research that leads to the implementation of new technology, methods and procedures, and the development of new sources of energy.  MRIGlobal's solutions address critical challenges in energy exploration, research and development, and policy.
Program Success Monitored By
MRIGlobal establishes performance targets for each project and works with clients to monitor the progress in meeting the targets.  MRIGlobal also collects client satisfaction feedback.
Examples of Program Success
  • MRIGlobal's largest client is the U. S. Department of Energy.  MRIGlobal has managed and operated the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since its inception in 1977.
  • MRIGlobal works closely with industry in alternative and renewable energy production, as well as traditional power plants and energy production.  MRIGlobal operates the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC), the world's largest solar test and evaluation center.
  • MRIGlobal also supports the DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NREL), the laboratory for the department's Office of Fossil Energy.
Description MRIGlobal is a unique organization providing the full range of national security and defense support.  Our chemists, biologists and engineers apply their vast experience to creating new strategies for defense, with vital services to help protect against chemical, biological and explosive attacks.  Our staff and facilities are dedicated to detecting, preventing, and mitigating threats to our military, our infrastructure, our food supply, and our citizens.
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success MRIGlobal establishes performance targets for each project and works with clients to monitor the progress in meeting the targets.  MRIGlobal also collects feedback on client satisfaction.
Long-Term Success New technologies will e discovered and developed to protect society from potential biological and chemical threats.
Program Success Monitored By

 Nearly 70 percent of MRIGlobal's Research Operations work is conducted in the areas of national security and defense.  The quality of work and the ability to solve complex problems have earned MRIGlobal the respect trust of the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, which continue to award MRIGlobal significant research programs.

Examples of Program Success
  • MRIGlobal has assisted in the design of many of the most notable bio containment laboratories worldwide.
  • MRIGlobal has conducted more than 50 international site assessments and risk/threat analyses of biological facilities.
  • MRIGlobal provides training in biological safety and security worldwide.
  • MRIGlobal provides mobile technologies to support threat detection in battlefield locations. 
Description MRIGlobal is working for a healthier world.  We perform critical functions in supporting national priorities in public health, advancing product development from the lab to the marketplace, and delivering new diagnostic tolls and devices.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Discoveries made through MRIGlobal research are adapted into procedures and standard used to protect the food supply.  Clients continue to award MRIGlobal challenging new research projects. 
Long-Term Success

 MRIGlobal conducts scientific research that leads to the implementation of new technology, methods and procedures, new antidotes and materials that will benefit and protect society.  MRIGlobal's solutions address critical challenges in agriculture, food safety and bioenergy.

Program Success Monitored By MRIGlobal establishes performance targets for each project and works with clients to monitor the progress in meeting the targets.  MRIGlobal also collects client satisfaction feedback.
Examples of Program Success

  • MRIGlobal's research and services support federal government organizations and industry, including agriculture, food processing, chemical and energy firms, and pharmaceutical clients, among others.  MRIGlobal has received positive feedback from clients; new technologies are implemented as planned and clients continue to renew long standing research contracts with MRIGlobal.
  • MRIGlobal has advanced the techniques that address conservation of water, soil and land; carbon management; and nutrient recycling.
  • MRIGlobal leads in emerging research in agro-terrorism and bio toxin analysis to protect food crops, prevent food contamination and track contamination events.
  • MRIGlobal conducts monitoring of genetically modified organisms and provides food safety assessments and analyses. 

CEO Comments
Since 1943, MRIGlobal has developed practical solutions to challenges brought forward by government, industry and academia.  Founded as an independent, not-for-profit institute, MRIGlobal provides unbiased research dedicated to excellence in the areas of health, agricultural and food safety, national defense, the environment, and energy. MRIGlobal's diverse scientific expertise spans across the full spectrum of research and development, test and evaluation, and operations and management services.
MRIGlobal is committed to applying its technical expertise for the betterment of society.  MRIGlobal's leadership sees continued growth opportunities for research focused in life sciences, and national security and defense.  In addition, we see new opportunities in energy research that will complement the work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which MRIGlobal manages for the U.S. Department of Energy.  MRIGlobal's flexibility and diverse research capability and strengths are what will sustain MRIGlobal in changing market conditions for the long term.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Thomas M. Sack Ph. D.
Term Start June 2013

Thomas M. Sack, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer, MRIGlobal

Dr. Thomas Sack is MRIGlobal’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Vice President and Director of Technical Operations, responsible for the organization’s research operations, which conducts approximately $150 million annually in contract research in energy, national security and defense, life sciences, agriculture and food safety, and transportation. 

Dr. Sack oversees 450 technical staff, including chemists, biologists, engineers, and microbiologists, working in 14 national locations and overseas. MRIGlobal facilities include more than 550,000 square feet of biotechnology, chemistry, biology, and engineering facilities, and 78 acres devoted to agricultural research. MRIGlobal’s facilities have been awarded certification to the International Organization Standardization’s (ISO) 9001:2008 quality management standard.
Dr. Sack also serves on the Board of Directors of Science Pioneers, Kansas City, Union Station KC, Rockhurst Board of Directors, and the Board for the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, which oversees the management of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Former CEOs
Mr. John McKelveyJan 1975 - Dec 1999
James L. Spigarelli Ph.D.Dec 1999 - Oct 2009
Senior Staff
Title Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Title Vice President & General Counsel
Title V.P. Defense and Infrastructure
Paid Full-Time Staff 2500
Paid Contractors 150
Volunteers 0
Retention Rate 89%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
MRIGlobal is one of two partners in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC, which operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.
MRIGlobal also has an alliance with Kansas State University, the K-State/MRIGlobal Biodefense Research Coalition, to promote collaboration in biosecurity research.
MRIGlobal is one of the charter stakeholders in the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute founded by the Civic Council and the Kansas City Area Development Council.
Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute2000
External Assessment and Accreditations
College of American Pathologists2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Oliver
Company Affiliation BerkowitzOliver LLP
Term Oct 2018 to Sept 2020
Board Members
Mr. Dan E. Arvizu Ph.D.New Mexico State University
Mr. Malcolm M. AslinAlterra Bank
Ms. Pamela R. BernekingCommunityAmerica
Mr. David B. DillonRetired, The Kroger Company
Dr. Alexander G. GarzaSaint Louis University
Mr. Douglas A. Girod M.D.University of Kansas
Mr. Leo E. MortonUMKC
Mr. David Field OliverBerkowitz Oliver LLP
Dr. Thomas M. Sack Ph.D.MRIGlobal
Mr. Scott M. Smith P.E.Retired
Mr. Jefferson W. Tester Ph.D.Cornell University
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel
Scientific Advisory
CEO Comments Rapid advancements in science and technology, along with unprecedented opportunities in our core competencies, have created an environment that makes MRIGlobal ripe for growth. But first we have challenges to overcome. Because MRIGlobal is a not-for-profit research business, competing with endowed research organizations and private industry for top scientific talent, while acquiring specialized instruments and maintaining state-of-the-art laboratories is increasingly difficult. We are proactive in funding our own research projects that provide new income streams that guarantee MRIGlobal's financial well-being into the future.
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $541,570,000
Projected Expenses $535,050,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$61,612,960$36,160,004$49,644,386
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$175,703$171,455$275,060
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$19,868--$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$81,081,533$58,182,039$63,282,717
Administration Expense$24,068,238$21,323,076$22,385,049
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.960.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%73%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$93,326,926$81,760,619$82,646,792
Current Assets$42,503,943$30,005,811$28,349,091
Long-Term Liabilities$25,142,428$28,195,011$30,900,713
Current Liabilities$29,355,217$26,625,095$28,762,018
Total Net Assets$38,829,281$26,940,513$22,984,061
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.451.130.99
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets27%34%37%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- $36,160,004 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- $9,888 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Dates June to
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
MRIGlobal Annual Report2018View
MRIGlobal Annual Report2017View
MRIGlobal Annual Report2015View
Organization Name MRIGlobal
Address 425 Volker Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 641102241
Primary Phone (816) 753-7600
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Thomas M. Sack Ph. D.
Board Chair Mr. David F. Oliver
Board Chair Company Affiliation BerkowitzOliver LLP
Year of Incorporation 1943
Former Names
Midwest Research Institute