In addition to its annual Shared Instrument Grant Program, the NIH offers a special High-End Instrumentation Grant using the S10 mechanism for the purchase of a single piece of biomedical research equipment costing at least $750,000. There is no upper limit on the cost of the instrument, but the maximum award is $2 million. Instruments in this category include, but are not limited to, biomedical imaging systems, NMR spectrometers, mass spectrometers, electron microscopes and supercomputers. supercomputers.
To be eligible, a major user group of three or more investigators who are PI on active NIH research grants with activity codes, P01, R01, U01, R35, R37, DP1 or DP2 must be identified. Once this eligibility requirement has been met, additional users with other types of active NIH research grants (such as but not limited to R03, R21, P30, P41, P50) mechanisms can be added as major or minor users. NIH training grants and contracts are not eligible.
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 Friday, July 12, 2013 (external applications due Sept. 13). The 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 3 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 email@example.com.