The Shared Instrument Grant Program (S10) provides groups of NIH-supported investigators funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated system that costs at least $100,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell-sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers among others.
There is no limit on the number of applications an institution may submit provided the applications are for different types of equipment; however, internal review is required. A minimum of three major users who are PIs on active NIH research grants must be identified.
NOTE – INTERNAL PROPOSALS REQUIRED: To apply, you must submit a brief 1-3 page preliminary proposal to Dr. Sue Aicher, who is coordinating the review process for the Office of the Vice President for Research, by February 15, 2013 (external applications due March 21, 2013). The internal proposal should indicate the following:
- What instrument will be requested and why it is needed
- Instrument cost (please include vendor quote)
- Cost of maintenance contract
- Where instrument will be located
- Major user group (at least three PIs with qualifying federal funding active at the time of award)
- Institutional support
Proposals will be evaluated 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. Submit pre-proposals to Dr. Sue Aicher.
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