The Shared Instrument Grant Program (S10) provides groups of NIH-supported investigators funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated system that costs at least $100,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell-sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers among others.
There is no limit on the number of applications an institution 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.
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, by Friday, February 7, 2014. ( The external application is due March 21, 2014.) 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 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 need; organization of project; continuing commitment; and the benefit to the overall research community.
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