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Funding for Capital Equipment

National Institutes of Health

Shared Instrumentation Grant: The objective of the program is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and for which meritorious research projects are described. The SIG Program provides a cost-effective mechanism for groups of NIH-supported investigators to obtain commercially available, technologically sophisticated equipment costing between $100,000 and $500,000.

High-End Instrumentation Grant: The High-End Instrumentation Grant Program supports the purchase of instruments that cost more than $750,000. HEI grants fund cutting-edge equipment required to advance biomedical research and increase knowledge of the underlying causes of human disease. Awarded to research institutions around the country, the one-time grants support the purchase of sophisticated instruments costing more than $750,000. Three or more NIH-funded investigators whose research requires the instrument must be identified in advance by the institution.

Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative: This initiative of the trans-NIH Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) invites Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications for developing and applying nanotechnology to biomedicine. This funding opportunity will be run in parallel with a FOA of identical scientific scope that will utilize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant mechanism.

Improving Diet & Physical Activity Assessment: The sponsor provides support for research to improve diet and physical activity measurement through improved instruments, technologies, or statistical/analytic techniques.

National Science Foundation

Science & Engineering

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): The NSF MRI program is a limited submission institutional award. The MRI program is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in our Nation's organizations of higher education, research museums and non-profit research organizations. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The MRI program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter and/or intra-organizational use and in concert with private sector partners.


Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Faciltities (CRIF): The Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities Program (CRIF) is structured to enable the National Science Foundation's Division of Chemistry to respond to a variety of needs for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas traditionally supported by the Division. CRIF provides funds for the purchase of multi-user instruments, for major instrumentation development and construction, and for the establishment and support of multi-user research facilities in the chemical sciences.

Computer Science

CISE Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI): The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) program supports the acquisition, development, enhancement, and operation of research infrastructure that enables discovery, learning, and innovation in all computing fields supported by CISE. Supported infrastructure includes instrumentation needed by research or research and education projects, major experimental facilities for an entire department or for multi-institutional projects, and testbeds or data archives for an entire subfield of CISE researchers.


Engineering Research Centers (ERC): The goal of the Generation Three (Gen-3) Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program is to create a culture of innovation in engineering research and education that links scientific discovery to technological innovation through transformational engineered systems research in order to advance technology and produce engineering graduates who will be creative innovators in a global economy. They will develop this culture of discovery and innovation through a symbiotic relationship between academic researchers, small innovative firms, and larger industrial and practitioner partners. They will have the opportunity to partner with foreign universities and provide unique opportunities for research and learning collaboration that will prepare U.S. engineering graduates for leadership in innovation in a global economy.

Department of Defense

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP): DURIP is a multi-agency DoD program for the acquisition of major equipment to augment current or develop new research capabilities to support research in the technical areas of interest to the DoD. The competition is open only to U.S. institutions of higher education, with degree granting programs in science, math, and/or engineering. Proposals to purchase instrumentation may request $50,000 to $1,000,000. Awards are typically one year in length.

ONR'S Young Investigator Program: ONR's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years. These funds may be budgeted against any reasonable costs related to the conduct of the proposed research, for example, salary for the Young Investigator, graduate student support, supplies, and operating expenses. Additional funds (beyond the basic $100,000 yearly amount) for capital equipment may be requested for the first budget period, based on the needs of the research. Requesting funds for capital equipment will not decrease the probability of receiving an award; additional support for equipment will be decided separately from award selections and will depend upon availability of funds.

U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command: The USAMRMC mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American warfighter at home and abroad. The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. The extramural research and development program plays a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the Command.

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