NIH High-End Instrument Grant; internal application due July 12

The NIH High-End Grant Instrument Grant internal deadline is fast approaching on July 12. This program uses the S10 mechanism for the purchase of a single piece of biomedical research equipment costing at least $750,000. Instruments in this category include, but are not limited to, biomedical imaging systems, NMR spectrometers, mass spectrometers, electron microscopes and supercomputers.

While there is no upper limit on the cost of the instrument, the maximum is $2 million.  Applicants must have a user group of three or more investigators who are active PIs on NIH research grants P01, R01, U01, R35, R37, DP1, or DP2. NIH training Grants and contracts are not eligible.

To apply, you must submit a brief 1-3 page preliminary proposal to Dr. Sue Aicher, who is coordinating the review process, by Friday, July 12, 2013. ( The external application is due September 13.) 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 3 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; if there is a good match between the proposal science and the requested instrument; justification of needs; organization of project; continuing commitment; and the benefit to the overall research community.