NIH Biomedical Research Facilities Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites qualified institutions of higher education to seek support to modernize and improve existing research facilities (e.g., laboratory space or animal facilities), or to construct new biomedical research space and furnish it with necessary fixed equipment. The objective of this FOA is to support the development of modern facilities that will enable and enhance the conduct of cutting-edge biomedical research. Any facility supported by this FOA must serve a broad research community, locally at the applicant institution or regionally.

It is expected that all projects - both from research-intensive institutions and Institutions of Emerging Excellence - will have long-term effect and benefit the broad biomedical research community at the applicant institution by providing a modern research environment, accessible on a shared basis.

The project should be consistent with the following criteria and documentation requirements:

  • The project is essential for research activities supported and the space involved will be used for these activities.
  • The building must have a useful life consistent with program purposes, including the time to construct and complete the project plus 20 years of use following the occupancy of the research space; the building must be architecturally and structurally suitable for conversion to the type of research space required.
  • If the space is rented, evidence must be provided that the terms of the lease and expected subsequent 20-year use of the facility are consistent with the proposed project. Specifically, a signed document from the building owner must be provided that the terms of the lease agreement and subsequent use of the facility will comply with the 20-year term of the Notice of Federal Interest (NFI) requirement following the occupancy of the facility. A statement of agreement by the owner of the space must be included. These documents will be verified if/when the application is considered for funding.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST January 16, 2019

Sponsor Letter of Intent (not required) Deadline: 5:00pm MST February 1, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST March 4, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Narrative (2-3 pages): Please include the following elements: project overview (including project summary, goals, project timeline, project team, and proposed approaches to achieve goals), scientific justification (including how the project will improve on the current situation and will increase institution-wide biomedical research capabilities and capacities and plans for long-term use of the space by many researchers), and development of the facility (including location, technical design approaches, and what challenges will need to be overcome). Sketches or renderings must be included within the page limit.
  • PI CV
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:

Please note that the sponsor application requires a certification of title to site (see solicitation for more information). While this is not required for the internal competition, please note that this is a required element of the sponsor application.


To appropriately conceive, develop, construct, and successfully complete the project, a Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) should possess knowledge of the relevant scientific field, have a vested professional interest in the success of the project, demonstrate leadership skills, and assemble a team with technical expertise related to all aspects of the project. The PD/PI does not need to be a currently NIH-funded investigator but should have the appropriate standing in the institutional administration and the research community to lead and oversee the project.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one application per institution is allowed.

Award Information

Number of Awards: 8 to 15, corresponding to a total of up to $50,000,000. NIH intends to make available 25% of $50,000,000 to Institutions of Emerging Excellence.

Award Amount: The maximum award budget is $8,000,000. Applications with budgets less than $3,000,000 will not be considered.

Award Duration: Up to 5 years. Funds will be provided in a single award with a 60-month budget and project period.