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Equipment Grants

Listed below are a selection of funding opportunities available for Equipment Grants from various sponsor agencies and foundations, in alphabetical order according to the agency. Please click on the program link for more information as to budget size, cost sharing requirements and specific guidelines. This list is not an exhaustive list of all funding opportunities available.

Subject Area
DoD July Research Related to DoD Mission Department of Defense (DoD) FY 2017 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) $50,000-$1.5 million This announcement seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD. DoD interests include the areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research-related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or nstrumentation on your institution’s ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions.
Department of Energy Open Laboratory Equipment Donation Program N/A DOE, in accordance with its responsibility to encourage research and development in the energy area, awards grants of used energy-related laboratory equipment.
NIH May Major Equipment related to NIH mission Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10) $50,000-$600,000 for 1 year. 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/behavioral research. The SIG 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.
NIH May Major Equipment related to NIH mission High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10) $600,000-$2million for 1 year. The High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems. 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.
NSF January Major Research Equipment related to NSF mission Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program $1 million-$4 million *Limited Submission* The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.
NSF November Astronomical Detection Equipment Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) The Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program provides grants to support the development and construction of state-of-the-art astronomical detectors and instruments for the visible, infrared, submillimeter, and radio regions of the spectrum. Submit to general GPG.
NSF December Archaeology and Archaeometry Archaeometry Awards The Archaeology Program administers an annual “archaeometry” competition with a target date of December 1. The goal is to fund projects either to develop/refine anthropologically relevant archaeometric techniques and/or support laboratories which provide relevant services. Examples of the former include the development of methods to identify specific types of organic residues on ceramics or development of field applicable analytic techniques. Service laboratories which, for example provide dating trace element, isotopic and dendrochronological analyses illustrate the latter.
NSF Temporarily suspended Chemistry Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities (CRIF) The Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities (CRIF) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) provides funds to research institutions and consortia thereof for the purchase of multi-user instruments and for the establishment and support of multi-user research facilities in the chemical sciences.
NSF January Computer Science and Engineering CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) Various- See guidelines. The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research.
NSF Open Earth Sciences Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF) $750,000 maximum request. The Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division.
NSF December Biological Sciences Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) Various- See guidelines. Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support environmental and basic biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education.
NSF Suspended for 2016 Biological Sciences Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) Various- See guidelines. The Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) Program supports the development, production, and distribution of novel instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research in areas supported by NSF Biology programs. These systems would benefit a broad user community through mass distribution of the technology.
NSF Open- Target dates Biological Sciences Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support $5,000-$8 million Oceanographic facilities and equipment are supported by the Integrative Programs Section (IPS) of the Division of Ocean Sciences Division (OCE), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). These awards are made for the procurement, conversion and/or up-grade, enhancement or annual operation of platforms in the ocean, coastal, near-shore and Great Lakes.