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Federal awards for instrumentation
Note: In cases where the deadline has passed, no new solicitation for the next funding cycle has yet been issued. However, most of these programs are reissued on a periodic basis. Contact the Program Officer to find out if and when the solicitation for the program of interest will be reissued.

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

US Department of Defense

National Institutes of Health

Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10)
NIH , National Center for Research Resources
Last deadline: March 23, 2009
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 for which meritorious research projects are described. The SIG Program provides a cost-effective mechanism for groups of NIH-supported investigators to obtain commercially-available, technologically sophisticated equipment costing more than $100,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers among others. A major user group of three or more investigators must be identified. A minimum of three major users must be Principal Investigators on NIH peer-reviewed research grants at the time of the application and award.

Recovery Act Limited Competition:  High-End Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)
NIH National Center for Research Resources
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): April 6, 2009 - CLOSED
Application Due Date(s): May 6, 2009 - CLOSED
The NCRR High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase a single major item of equipment to be used for biomedical research that costs at least $600,000. The maximum award is $8,000,000. Additionally, it is expected that the funds will be expended expeditiously, within 18-24 months from the date of award. Instruments in this category include, but are not limited to, structural and functional imaging systems, macromolecular NMR spectrometers, high-resolution mass spectrometers, cryoelectron microscopes and supercomputers.

National Science Foundation

Archaeometry Awards
Funding Agency: NSF Directorate of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Archaeology
Due: October 31
The Archaeology Program recognizes three broad classes of archaeometric proposals: (1) proposals to support laboratories which provide archaeometric services; (2) proposals to develop and refine archaeometric techniques; and (3) proposals to apply existing analytic techniques to specific bodies of archaeological materials. "Laboratory support" and "technique development" projects are included within the Archaeometry competition. "Technique application" proposals are best evaluated in a more strictly archaeological context and therefore should be submitted to the "senior" research competition.

Astronomical Sciences Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI)
Funding Agency: NSF MPS Directorate, Division of Astronomical Sciences
Due: Not specified
Supports the development and construction of state-of-the-art detectors and instruments for the visible, infrared, and radio regions of the spectrum; interferometric imaging instrumentation; adaptive optics; and the application of new hardware and software technology and innovative techniques in astronomical research. Proposals should identify clearly the astronomical measurement objectives that will be enabled and include a brief task implementation plan with milestones, schedules, and costs.

Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities
NSF Directorate for MPS, Division of Chemistry

Instrument Development (CRIF:ID)
Due: Annually, Fourth Tuesday in January
The Instrument Development component of CRIF (CRIF:ID) provides funds for the design and construction of instruments that will enable new chemical measurements or will significantly broaden the use of chemical instrumentation.

Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation  (CRIF:MU)
Deadline Date:  June 23, 2009
Fourth Tuesday in June, Annually Thereafter
The Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation component of CRIF (CRIF:MU) provides funds to universities, colleges, and consortia thereof for the purchase of multi-user instruments. The maximum request is $500,000 for instrumentation. Up to an additional $100,000, including indirect cost, may be requested for personnel who are needed to support cyber-enhanced projects if the instrument is cyber-enabled.

Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline: Phase I: May 21, 2009; Phase 2 and 3: January 13, 2010
The Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The program supports three types of projects representing three different phases of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects. Includes some instrumentation funding.

Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
NSF Directorate for Geo-sciences, Division of Earth Sciences
Target Date: July 8, 2009. February 10, 2010
EAR/IF will support meritorious requests within and across a broad range of fields in the Earth sciences including but not necessarily limited to: biogeoscience, geology, geochemistry, geodesy, geodynamics, geomorphology, geophysics, hydrology, limnology, mineral physics, mineralogy, paleorecords research, paleontology, petrology, remote sensing, sedimentology, seismology, stratigraphy, structural geology, tectonics and volcanology. The program will consider proposals for: (1) the acquisition or modernization of research equipment, (2) the development of new instrumentation, analytical techniques and/or software that extend current research capabilities in the Earth sciences, (3) the support of shared facilities that make complex and expensive instrument systems available on a national or regional basis, (4) support of research technicians, and 5) development of Cyberinfrastructure for the Earth Sciences (Geoinformatics) that will enable transformative advances in Earth science research and education through novel application, development or adaptation of information technologies.

Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)
Funding Agency: NSF, Directorate of Biological Sciences
Due: March 5, 2010; First Friday in March, annually
NSF invites proposals that address these general goals of improvement of Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs), which are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Requests may include improvements in the physical plant of the FSML, equipment purchase, improvements in data management and communication systems and institutional planning.

Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR)
NSF Directorate of Biological Sciences
Due: Aug. 28, 2009; last Friday in August, annually thereafter
The Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) Program supports the development of novel instrumentation or instrumentation that has been significantly improved by at least an order of magnitude or more in fundamental aspects. Supported instruments are expected to have a significant impact on the study of biological systems at any level. The development of new instrumentation must be firmly based in biological research need. Proposals are encouraged for instrumentation that does not currently exist in the form of a working prototype. In the selection of projects for funding, the program does not support the development of biological instrumentation that would be used for clinical or biomedical applications.

Instrumentation for Materials Research (IMR)
NSF Division of Materials Research
Due: January 14, 2010
The IMR Program supports the acquisition and/or development of research instruments that will provide new capability and/or advance current capability to: (1) discover fundamental phenomena in materials; (2) synthesize, process, and/or characterize the composition, structure, properties, and performance of materials; and (3) improve the quality, expand the scope, and foster and enable the integration of research and education in research-intensive environments. Designed to provide advanced capability to the nation's scientists and engineers who are endeavoring to conduct research and educational activities in all areas normally supported by DMR.

Instrumentation for Materials Research – Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP)
NSF Directorate MPS, Division of Materials Research
Due: June 29, 2009
The Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Project (IMR-MIP) program in the Division of Materials Research provides support for the design and construction of major instruments costing more than $4 million but less than $20 million. The program also supports the development of detailed conceptual and engineering design for new tools for materials preparation or characterization at major user facilities.  Such instruments may include, for example,  neutron beam lines, synchrotron beam lines, and high field magnets, as well as development of detectors and preparation environments necessary to support materials research.

Major Research Instrumentation Award (MRI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Due: Fourth Thursday in January, Annually
Supports the acquisition, through purchase, upgrade, or development, of major state-of-the-art instrumentation for research, research training, and integrated research/education activities at institutions. Proposals will be considered for instrumentation used for any NSF-supported field of science, mathematics, and engineering. Two types: acquisition and development.

ARRA Major Research Instrumentation Program  (MRI-R²)
National Science Foundation
Due: August 10, 2009
The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program is announcing a call for proposals that is separate from the standard January submission deadline. Awards made in response to this solicitation will be funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Public Law 111-5), and have special award conditions. Unless otherwise specified, ARRA funding should be considered one-time funding.
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, museums and science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. 

Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Supports research by faculty members of predominantly undergraduate institutions through the funding of (1) individual and collaborative research projects, (2) the purchase of shared-use research instrumentation, and (3) Research Opportunity Awards for work with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions.
Funding: Primarily to fund student research at the undregraduate level, but within such a proposal, equipment in the range of $10-30K may be funded
Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime, in accordance with the target dates or deadlines, if any, of the NSF disciplinary program in the proposed research area.

Scientific Computing Research Environments for the Mathematical Sciences (SCREMS)
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline: Fourth Thursday in January, Annually
Scientific Computing Research Environments for the Mathematical Sciences (SCREMS) proposals are for computing environments dedicated to research in the mathematical sciences. Proposals may request support for the purchase of computing equipment and limited support for professional systems administrators or programmer personnel for research computing needs. These grants are intended to support research projects of high quality that require access to advanced computing resources. Requests for routine upgrades of standard desk-environment workstations or laptop computers are not appropriate for this program.

US Department of Defense

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
DoD agencies
Last deadline: August 26, 2008
DURIP is a multi-agency DoD program within the University Research Initiative designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment.

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