Emerging Technology Fund
Request for Applications
The Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) program provides funds for OHSU faculty members to purchase equipment or technology needed to conduct state-of-the-art research. Technologies funded by this award could include novel instrumentation previously unavailable at OHSU, as well as upgrading high-end equipment that has become obsolete due to technical advances. Funds may be awarded to a group of investigators; a department, center, or institute or a university core facility. A requirement for successful funding will be a sound financial plan that ensures that major infrastructure elements, including space and personnel, would be provided from other sources for a minimum of 5 years.
The purpose of this program is to support emerging science by funding high-end instruments or technologies that will substantially advance OHSU research or keep it at the forefront of a particular research area. It is designed to support equipment that has few other mechanisms of support other than private philanthropy, and thus the minimum total cost of the equipment must be $400,000 or above (including necessary accessories).
Due date and other key dates
- Short letter of interest due October 1, 2012 (to help with reviewer recruitment).
- Applications due October 31, 2012.
- Review will occur in November 2012, with award notification November 30, 2012.
- Equipment must be purchased by April 30, 2013.
- Equipment must be received by June 30, 2013.
Any OHSU faculty member may apply.
- Funds are for equipment/technologies only.
- Applicants must include a detailed plan for the development and financial support of the infrastructure necessary to sustain the operation of the equipment and make it widely available to OHSU investigators.
- The program must serve major funded research programs (for example, P grants) or multiple (4 or more) federally (IDC-generating) funded investigators but be available across OHSU. An annual progress report will be required.
- Equipment must support a research strength or facilitate the development of an emerging area of research emphasis at OHSU.
Application and Budget Template
How many awards will be made in FY2013?
Funding is available for one award in FY2013. The fund size for FY2013 is $500,000; applications must request a minimum of $400,000. Total costs should include acquisition and expected costs of installation to make the equipment functional.
How are applications reviewed?
The ETF will be awarded through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process. Applications should emphasize why the emerging technology is critical to research at OHSU (see detailed instructions below). Applications will be submitted to the office of the Vice President for Research and reviewed by the OHSU Research Council. Additional consultation with the University Shared Resources Program will be obtained as needed. Input from outside experts (e.g. OTRADI, ONAMI) with significant expertise in the new technology under consideration may be sought. The program will be reviewed annually by the OHSU Research Council and the office of the Vice President for Research to determine whether OHSU investigators have achieved access to these new tools of science and whether benchmarks such as significant publications, new grants, and collaborations have resulted from the new technologies.
The S10 mechanism is designed for equipment costing less than $500,000. Many scientists require such technologies, and institutional resources exist to help investigators apply for S10s. Sue Aicheris available to advise interested investigators about this grant mechanism. Equipment may also be requested through the normal capital budget process—e.g., working through your departments/units or through the Vice President for Research Office if the equipment is for a University Shared Resource.Can I group projects together to meet the $400,000 threshold?
Grouping less expensive instrumentation will not be seen as responsive.
OHSU's first Emerging Technology Fund award has provided support for:
Michael Chapman, PhD, received funding in FY11 for an integrated system to measure the x-ray diffraction from crystalline samples of biological macromolecules–specifically, to measure diffraction and to elucidate atomic structures and analyze macromolecular interactions. The new instrumentation replaces obsolete equipment in the department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with state-of-the-art technology for the next decade.
Nabil Alkayed, MD, PhD, received funding in FY11 for the advanced light microscopy core - a new in-vivo imaging system available to all OHSU researchers. This new technology takes advantage of advances in microscopy, laser technology, fluorescent dyes and transgenic animals which have made possible ultra-fast, deep-tissue, high-resolution dynamic imaging in live animals.
Paul Spellman, MD, received funding in FY12 for a mass spectrometry-based flow cytometer to be integrated into the flow cytometry core. The technology is capable of simultaneously analyzing 30+ simultaneous channels with little overlap between the channels. Numerous groups on campus will benefit from this new technology, which will allow for data-based reconstruction of signaling networks, identification of stem cell signatures, cellular readouts of siRNA inhibition screens, and characterization of vesicle biogenesis.
Haining Zhong, PhD, received funding in FY12 for a high-pressyre freezing and freeze substitution system to be housed at the immuno-electron microscopy core. Distortions and artifacts associated with conventional sample fixation and processing methods have become a major obstacle in microscopic studies of biological function and disease mechanisms. High-pressure freezing followed by freeze substitution is a state-of-the-art method to better preserve ultrastructural details in biological samples and is poised to emerge as s fundamental tool for fluorescence super-resolution microscopy.
Updated September 19, 2012