Equipment Grants

spring flowersNSF and NIH each sponsor funding opportunities directed at the acquisition and/or  development of expensive major instrumentation.  Each of the programs listed are held only  once annually. Planning is paramount. Most awards are made approximately one year after the formal application deadline; some take even longer.

Start your proposal early, demonstrate need based on current instrumentation use (if for a similar instrument) and assemble the largest possible user group.  Think in terms of multiple disciplines, if at all possible.  Explore how costs to be borne by Yale will be covered.  Collect information for all of the tables you will need months in advance of the deadline.  

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grants (MRI)

Internal Competition Deadline: October 12, 2017.
Sponsor Deadline: January 10, 2018.
       Yale MRI announcement and internal competition instructions to be announced shortly.

$100,000 to $4,000,000 toward expensive Instrument acquisition or development proposals. Proposals requesting less than $100,000 may also be accepted within the disciplines of mathematics or the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required.

NIH Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research Grant Program  (SIFAR)  NEW!

Internal Competition Deadline: April 6, 2017     (One application per institution.)
Sponsor Deadline:  May 31, 2017
    **Internal competition completed.**

$50,000 to $750,000 range to support research using animals or related materials. All SIFAR requests must be justified by how they’ll advance animal research through novel workflows, improved rigor and reproducibility of experimental protocols, or streamlined procedures.  Requests for series or clusters of related instruments to support specific scientific thematic areas or specialized workflow are expected. Instruments must be used on a shared basis and be supported long-term by the applicant institution. Review announcement carefully for requirements and limitations.

NIH Shared Instrumentation Grants  (SIG)

Sponsor Deadline:  May 31, 2017    (no limit on number of applications per institution)

**a draft of your “letter of institutional commitment, support, and benefits” must be submitted to ruth.montgomery@yale.edu; cc: gerri.emerling@yale.edu for YSM applicants or steven.girvin@yale.edu; cc: carolyn.vangemert@yale.edu for FAS applicants – prior to May 15, 2017 at 5:00pm.  (no exceptions)**

$50,000 to $600,000 to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated system that costs at least $50,000.  Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffractometers, mass and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and light microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers, among others.

NIH High End Instrumentation Grants  (HEI)

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2017    (no limit on number of applications per institution)

**a draft of your “letter of institutional commitment, support, and benefits” must be submitted to ruth.montgomery@yale.edu; cc: gerri.emerling@yale.edu for YSM applicants or steven.girvin@yale.edu; cc: carolyn.vangemert@yale.edu for FAS applicants – prior to May 15, 2017 at 5:00pm.  (no exceptions)**

$600,001 to $2,000,000 to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially-available instrumentation or an integrated system that costs at least $600,001.  Instruments in this category include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers, among others. Applications for “stand alone” computer systems (supercomputers, computer clusters, and data storage systems) will only be considered if the instrument is solely dedicated to the research needs of NIH-supported investigators.

last update:  September 14, 2017  1:23pm  (MS)