NIH High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program 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 

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 that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical/behavioral research. The HEI Program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. An integrated instrumentation system is one in which the components, when used in conjunction with one another, perform a function that no single component could provide. The components must be dedicated to the system and not used independently. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers.

The HEI Program will not support requests for:

  • An instrument with a base cost of less than $600,001;
  • Multiple instruments bundled together;
  • Purely instructional equipment;
  • Institutional administrative management systems, clinical management systems, or instruments to be used purely for clinical (billable) care;
  • Software, unless it is integrated in the operation of the instrument and/or necessary for the generation of high-quality output experimental data from the instrument;
  • General purpose equipment or an assortment of instruments to furnish a research facility and equipment for routine sustaining infrastructure (such as standard machine shop equipment, standard computer networks, autoclaves, hoods, and equipment to upgrade animal facilities).

Deadlines

CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST March 14, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST May 31, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (up to 3 pages): Please include the following: relevance to public health, description of requested instrument, justification of need, technical expertise of individuals who will set up and run the instrument, research projects that will be benefitted by the instrument, organizational/management plan, and financial plan for long-term operation and maintenance of the instrument.
  • PI CV / Biosketch
  • 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: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6321

Eligibility

Three Major Users who have substantial need for the instrument must be identified. Each of these Major Users must be a PD/PI on a distinct active NIH research award in an area of basic, translational, or clinical research. (The requirement is one award per investigator, with more awards per investigator allowed. An award given to multi-PDs/PIs is counted only once towards the fulfillment of this requirement.) NIH training or fellowship grants (i.e., T and F mechanisms), other non-research and SBIR/STTR grants, and OT awards cannot be counted towards the fulfillment of this requirement. Once the eligibility requirement of three Major Users with NIH-funded research projects has been met, additional users with active research awards from NIH or other sources may be added as Major or Minor Users.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

Award Information

Award Amount: Minimum award is $600,001 of direct costs. Maximum award is $2,000,000 of direct costs.

Award Duration: One year only

Number of Awards: 25