**The 2018 deadline for this opportunity has passed or the internal application slot has been granted. Updated information will be posted when the next funding cycle opens.**
The Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-funded investigators to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Applicants may request clusters of commercially available instruments configured as specialized integrated systems or as series of instruments to support a thematic workflow in a well-defined area of research using animals or related materials. Priority will be given to uniquely configured systems to support innovative and potentially transformative investigations. This funding opportunity announcement does not support requests for single instruments. At least one item of the requested instrumentation must cost at least $50,000, after all applicable discounts.
Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST March 28, 2018
NIH SIFAR Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST May 31, 2018
PD(s)/PI(s) must have eRA Commons account (may take 2 weeks to obtain). The PD/PI chosen for this application should have documented (in the biographical sketch) technical expertise directly related to the requested instrumentation or scientific expertise in biomedical research using animals, must be affiliated with the applicant organization, and must be registered on eRA Commons. The PD/PI does not need to have an NIH research grant or any other research support, and may be a Core director, tenured or non-tenured faculty member of the applicant organization.
Multiple PDs/PIs are not allowed under the S10 mechanism.
Limited Submission Guidelines
The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time.
Award Information and Duration
ORIP intends to fund an estimate of 12 awards, corresponding to a total of $6 million, for fiscal year 2018. At least one item of the requested instrumentation must cost at least $50,000, after all applicable discounts. No instrument in a cluster can cost less than $20,000, after all applicable discounts. There is no upper limit on the cost of each instrument, but the maximum award is $750,000.
Awards are made for one year only.