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Instrumentation Funding

University Instrumentation Fund Policies, Core Facilities site examples, and other Mechanisms

 

Summary of Federal Instrumentation Funding Opportunities 

National Institutes of Health(NIH)

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NIH S10 Instrumentation Program

 

May, 2020 (anticipated)
ORIP's S10 Instrumentation Grant Programs support purchases of state-of-the-art commercially available instruments to enhance research of NIH–funded investigators. Instruments that are awarded are typically too expensive to be obtained by an individual investigator with a research project grant. Every instrument awarded by an S10 grant is used on a shared basis, which makes the programs cost-efficient and beneficial to thousands of investigators in hundreds of institutions nationwide. S10 awards are made to domestic public and private institutions of higher education, and non-profit domestic institutions such as hospitals, health professional schools, and research organizations. To be eligible for an S10 award, an institution must identify three or more Principal Investigators with active NIH research awards who demonstrate the substantial need for the requested instrument. Awards are issued for one year, and matching funds are not required. However, ORIP expects institutions that compete for S10 awards to provide an appropriate level of support for associated infrastructure, such as space to house the instrument, technical personnel, and post-award service contracts for instrument maintenance and operation.
Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) - $50,000-$600,000
Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) - $50,000-$700,000
High-end Instrumentation Grant (HEI) - $600,001-$2,000,000

 

Department of Defense(DoD)

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Defense University Research Instrumentation Program DURIP
 May 2020 (anticipated)
DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment. This award provides support to purchase instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD, including areas of research supported by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Click below for the 2019 Areas of research interests published at the following internet locations:
Army Research Office
Office of Naval Research
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Award Ceiling: $1,500,000

 

National Science Foundation(NSF)

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CISE Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) November 2020 The CCRI program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering.
Award Ceiling: $750,000 - $1,500,000
CCRI Information
NSF Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) Rolling The Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division. EAR/IF will consider proposals for the acquisition or upgrade of research equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations, and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences.
Award Ceiling: $500,000
EAR/IF Information
NSF Instrument Capacity for Biological Research (ICBR)  Rolling  Supports projects that specifically enable increased access to state-of-the-art instrumentation in support of the biological sciences. The program will support activities that enhance access to and dissemination of innovative instrumentation, and promote and enable access to existing instrumentation facilities (ie. imaging, genomics, proteomics, etc.) at the regional or national level.
40-80 awards made from a total budget of $40 million
ICBR Information
NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1 (Mid-scale RI-1)   February 2020 Within Mid-scale RI-1, proposers may submit two types of projects, "Implementation" and "Design". Design and Implementation projects may comprise any combination of equipment, infrastructure, computational hardware and software, and necessary commissioning. Design includes planning (preliminary and final design) of research infrastructure with an anticipated total project cost that is appropriate for future Mid-scale RI-1, Mid-scale RI-2 or MREFC-class investments. Mid-scale RI-1 uses an inclusive definition of implementation, which can include traditional stand-alone construction or acquisition and can include a degree of advanced development leading immediately to final system acquisition and/or construction. Implementation projects may support new or upgraded research infrastructure.
Amount $600,000-$20 million
Mid-scale RI-1 Information
NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 (Mid-scale RI-2) February 2020 The NSF Mid-scale RI-2 program supports implementation of projects that comprise any combination of equipment, instrumentation, computational hardware and software, and the necessary commissioning and human capital in support of implementation of the same. Mid-scale RI-2 projects will directly enable advances in any of the research domains supported by NSF, including STEM education. Mid-scale RI-2 will support projects in high states of readiness for implementation, i.e., those that have already matured through previous developmental investments. Projects may also include upgrades to existing research infrastructure.
Amount: $20 million - $70 million
Mid-scale RI-2 Information

 

Department of Energy(DOE)

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Laboratory Equipment Donation Program (LEDP) Rolling The Laboratory Equipment Donation Program (LEDP) was established by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to grant surplus and available used laboratory equipment to full-time faculty at universities and colleges in the United States for use in energy oriented Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational programs. This program is managed by the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS). The listing of equipment available through LEDP is updated as new equipment is identified. It is available at no cost for a limited time and is granted on a first-received qualified application basis.

 

Micrometrics Instrumentation Grant Program

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Micrometrics Instrumentation Grant Program Currently accepting FY2020 applications Provides materials characterization instruments to non-profit universities and research organizations for the purpose of fostering and supporting meritorious research projects. Types of instrumentation that will qualify as Donated Equipment include particle size analyzers, gas adsorption analyzers, mercury porosimeters, gas pycnometers, and chemisorption instrumentation.
Award Ceiling: N/A
Micrometrics Program Information

  

Other Funding

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US Department of Veteran Affairs Veterans Affairs Laboratory Animal Major Equipment (LAMb) Program and Shared Equipment Evaluation Program (ShEEP) See Website The ORD Shared Equipment Program is an intramural program available to VA-salaried investigators at VAMCs or VA-approved sites. The PI must be a senior VA investigator who has a history of independent research funding, holds a current merit or research career scientist award and has at least a 5/8th VA appointment. Each PI is allowed to submit only one application to this RFA; however, a VA facility may submit multiple applications for different research equipment If funded, equipment must be in a VA or VA-leased space. Space under a shared use agreement (i.e. revocable license) is not considered VA or VA-leased space.Veterans Affairs Laboratory Animal Major Equipment (LAMb) Program and Shared Equipment Evaluation Program (ShEEP)
U. S Department of Veterans Affairs, Research Equipment Quick Use Initiative Program (REQUIP) See Website REQUIP is responsible for redistribution of quality, excess, nonexpendable research equipment. Research laboratories that no longer have a need forfunctional equipment can post a picture and description of the equipment on the REQUIP website. The listing will be removed after 45 days. Only equipment posted on this website under "Lab Equipment List" or "Animal Care Equipment List" is available through REQUIP.The REQUIP program does not accept requests for desired equipment that is not already listed on the website, and it does not maintain an inventory of equipment at various VA medical centers.  

 

Department of Health and Human Services Exploratory Research for Technology Development (R21 See Website This initiative will support exploratory research leadingto the development of innovative technologies for biomedical research. Theprogram will recognize and reward high risk approaches with potential forsignificant impact. Projects will entail a high degree of risk or novelty,which will be offset by a correspondingly high potential impact. However, thepossible impact is likely to be far off. Application of the proposedtechnology to specific biomedical questions is considered beyond the scope ofthe program, and should not be included. Preliminary data demonstratingfeasibility of the proposed approach indicates that the project is beyond thescope of this program and therefore unsuitable for this fundingopportunity.
Biomedical Technology Resource (P41) Program See Website The Biomedical Technology Resources at NIGMS and NIBIB create critical, often unique technology and methods at the forefront of their respective fields and apply them to a broad range of basic, translational and clinical research. This occurs through a synergistic interaction of technical and biomedical expertise, both within the centers and in intensive collaborations with other leading laboratories. The centers serve a unique purpose in the broad context of NIH-funded research. They represent a critical mass of technological and intellectual capacity with a strong focus on service and training for outside investigators, as well as providing access to and dissemination of technologies, methods and software. Their goal is to promote the widespread and routine application of the cutting-edge technologies they develop across the full spectrum from bench to bedside.
Department of Health and Human Services Focused Technology Research andDevelopment (R01) See Website The Research Project Grant (R01) is the original and historically oldest grant mechanism used by NIH. The R01 provides support for health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH. R01s can be investigator-initiated or can be solicited via a Request for Applications. This website is devoted to the investigator-initiated R01 application, which means there are no specific program requirements. However, the R01 research plan proposed by the applicant must be related to the stated program interests of one or more of the NIH Institutes and Centers based on their missions.

 

Suggested Best Practices for Developing Shared Instrumentation Proposal (From FASEB):

To maximize the impact of limited funds for shared instrumentation, sponsors generally seek proposals that have the potential to enhance or enable multiple research projects and that demonstrate capability to effectively use of the instrument throughout its lifespan.  Compelling applications communicate the potential return-on-investment for the instrument and institutional preparedness. When developing a proposal, consider how to address each of the following items (a few may not be applicable, but most should be relevant):

  • Justification of need: Most importantly, proposals should clearly articulate why the instrument is needed and what research projects it would enable. In addition, this justification should explain why the proposed site is an appropriate — or optimal — place to locate the instrument. Applicants can utilize many types of supporting data to document need, including institutional surveys of investigators, facility use trends, and specific aims listed in potential users' research grant applications.
  • Broader impacts: If the instrument will be made accessible to researchers at other institutions or for-profit companies, those plans should be listed in the proposal.
  • Instrument selection: In addition to justifying a resource need, applications should demonstrate careful consideration of which instrument would best meet that documented need. Inclusion of pilot data, thorough comparison of instrument models, and assessment of vendor options is highly valued.
  • Technical expertise and development opportunities: Applications should demonstrate that the institution has knowledgeable and skilled scientists that can ensure the acquired instrument will be well-used throughout its lifespan. This includes providing facility personnel ongoing opportunitiesto learn new practices and methodologies (such as through attendance at scientific conferences and workshops) and extends to training the next generation of scientists. Cross-training personnel and succession plans further demonstrate a commitment to securing technical expertise.
  • Source(s) of support for maintenance and repair: Maximizing the useful lifespan of an instrument requires a long-term commitment to maintenance and repair. Applicants should describe what strategies will be used — such as self-insurance or service contracts — and the source(s) of funding for those expenditures. In some cases, planning for future upgrades also may be appropriate.
  • Letter(s) of support from a high-level institutional official: A strong letter states how acquisition will benefit the institution's research portfolio, commits to space and all infrastructure changes that are needed for installation of the instrument, and addresses data management. If applicable it also should convey how this purchase aligns with the institution's strategic plan for research capability and infrastructure.
  • Potential for methodology or technology development: If relevant, applications should note any facility plans for protocol development and for any novel or pioneering applications of the technology.