NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10)

Dear Colleagues,

The NIH has issued a new RFA for the Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program, which encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $50,000. The maximum award is $600,000. 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 SIG Program will not support requests for:

  • An instrument with a base cost of less than $50,000
  • Multiple instruments bundled together or a series of complementary related instruments
  • Software, unless it is integral to the operation of a piece of equipment
  • Purely instructional equipment, institutional administrative management systems, clinical management systems
  • Instruments used for clinical (billable) care
  • 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)

Instruments must be for research purposes only. Applications for research on advancing the design or for the development of new instrumentation are not appropriate for this FOA.

There is no limit on the number of applications an institution may submit, provided the applications are for different types of equipment, and therefore interested applicants should apply through the normal UCI C&G application process.

The NIH deadline for full proposals is May 29, 2015, by 5:00 PM local time.

For more information about this opportunity, visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-088.html