The Shared Instrument Grant Program (S10), which provides groups of NIH-supported investigators funds to purchase or upgrade shared equipment costing up to $600,000) was announced in late January. A new S10 opportunity will open for applications on April 16, 2016. The High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program is specifically designed to fund instrumentation that costs at least $600,000. The maximum award is $2,000,000. 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.
OHSU is not limited in the number of applications we may submit, provided that 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 COORDINATION 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, March 18, 2016. The external application is due May 16, 2016. 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.