**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 purpose of this funding opportunity is to continue the Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program administered by ORIP. 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 and bio-behavioral research. The SIG Program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, state-of-the-art, 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 supported instruments include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffractometers, mass and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and light microscopes, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers. Applications for "stand alone" computer systems (supercomputers, computer clusters and data storage systems) will only be considered if the instrument is solely dedicated to biomedical research.
Instruments must be for research purposes only.
CU Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST March 28, 2018
NIH Full Proposal 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 type of the chosen instrument.
Limited Submission Guidelines
Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct. The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time.
Award Information and Duration
The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. ORIP intends to commit about $35 million in FY 2018 to fund an estimate of 75 awards.
Applications will be accepted that request a single, commercially available instrument or integrated system. The minimum award is $50,000. There is no upper limit on the cost of the instrument, but the maximum award is $600,000.
Awards are made for one year only.