The National Center for Research Resources is currently offering the Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program to purchase or upgrade commercially available research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis for biomedical research. These applications require internal coordination to ensure appropriate institutional support. Please submit a brief 2-5 page preliminary proposal to the OHSU Core Oversight Committee for review by February 5, 2009.
Deadline: Internal proposals (required): February 5, 2009 / Full proposals to the NIH: March 23, 2009 | | Amount: Up to $500,000. Awards are for one year and for direct costs only. | | Eligibility: Three or more NIH funded investigators (Principal Investigators of active P01, R01, U01, R35, R37, DP1 or DP2 research grants) who will be users of the requested instruments must be identified. There is no limit on the number of applications an institution may submit provided the applications are for different types of equipment. If two or more applications are submitted for similar equipment (for example, two 600 MHz NMR spectrometers) from the same institution, documentation from a high level institutional official must be provided stating that this is not an unintended duplication, but part of a campus wide institutional plan.
Prelimiary proposal guidelines: Indicate what instrument will be requested, its cost, where it would sit, the major user group (including PIs with major federal funding active at the time of award), and other users (including minor users, new investigators, and those outside the OHSU community) that might benefit from this equipment. The proposals will be evaluated by the Core Oversight Committee and the Vice President for Research. The Committee will evaluate proposals based on whether the instrumentation will enhance the proposed research; if there is a good match between the proposed science and the requested instrument; justification of need, organization of project, continuing commitment (including department and other sources), and the benefit to the overall research community. Also, preliminary data on the requested instrument is highly desirable in most cases to demonstrate technical expertise.
If you have any questions, please contact Sue Aicher, PhD, Director, University Shared Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.