The ORIP Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated system that costs at least $100,000. The maximum award is $600,000. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to, confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell-sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers among others.
For eligibility, a major user group of three or more investigators who are Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) on active NIH research grants with the following activity codes, P01, R01, U01, R35, R37, DPI and DP2 must be identified. Once this eligibility requirement has been met, additional users with other types of active NIH research grants (such as but not limited to R03, R21, R55, P30, P41, P50) mechanisms can be added as major or minor users. NIH training grants and contracts are not eligible. To demonstrate the clear need for the requested instrumentation, projects supported by NIH research grants should together require at least 75 percent of instrument time. The major user group should require at least 35 percent of total usage time. Major users can be individual researchers, or a group of investigators within the same department or from several departments at the applicant institution. NIH extramural awardees from other nearby institutions may also be included.
Although there is no institutional limit on the number of applications that can be submitted, we cannot submit more than one application for the same type of equipment without good justification. To cover our bases we need to identify in advance who plans to submit, what type of instrumentation they are seeking, a short justification of what it will be used for, and a list of potential users.
An internal application process is required in order to verify that each equipment request from our institution is unique. Faculty who intend to submit an equipment request, must email the following information:
- PI Name
- Instrument requested
- Total direct costs
- Short justification of what the instrument will be used for
- A list of potential users
to firstname.lastname@example.org (for School of Medicine applicants) or email@example.com (for non-School of Medicine applicants) by 5:00 PM Thursday, January 17, 2013. Full applications are due to the sponsor 3/21/13 so you will need to have your proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 3/14/13 for processing if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.
Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.
For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.