Last week, NIH released three RFAs related to shared instrumentation. The Shared Instrument Grant Program (S10) provides groups of NIH-supported investigators funds to purchase or upgrade shared equipment costing up to $600,000. The High-End Instrumentation Grant Program is specifically designed to fund instrumentation that costs at least $600,000 with a maximum award of $2 million. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to, X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers.
New this year: The Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program provides $20,000 to $750,000 to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments.
OHSU is not limited in the number of applications we 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.
Internal coordination: To apply, you must submit a brief 1-3 page preliminary proposal to Sue Aicher, Ph.D., who is coordinating the review process, by Friday, March 17, 2017. External applications are due May 31, 2017. Your email should include the following:
1. What instrument will be requested, and why it is needed
2. Cost of the instrument, including vendor quote
3. Cost of maintenance contract
4. Where the instrument will be located
5. Major user group info (group of at least 3 scientists with qualifying federal funding at time of the award)
6. Institutional support
Proposals will be evaluated based on whether the instrument will enhance the proposal research, whether there is a good match between the proposal science and the requested instrument, the justification of need, the organization of the project, continuing commitment to the instrument, and the benefit to the overall research community.