Modern Equipment for Shared-use Biomedical Research Facilities: Advancing Research-Related Operations (R24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) (PAR-21-326)

Sponsor Name: 
Description of the Award: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites qualified institutions to seek funds to modernize the functions and operations of existing research facilities through the purchase and installation of advanced equipment that will enable a broad range of research-supporting and auxiliary activities. Any equipment supported by this FOA must be placed in a core facility, animal research facility, or similar shared-use space to ensure broad benefits for the institutional research community. Moreover, any request must be justified by research-related demands for the modernization of research-supporting functions or for the advancement of operations of the facility.

NIH recognizes that modern physical infrastructure is indispensable for the advancement of biomedical research. Laboratory spaces or animal facilities i) employ a wide range of technical solutions to create well-controlled environments, ii) furnish research spaces with equipment to facilitate and optimize research-supporting activities, iii) and provide tools that assist in facility operations.

The objective of this FOA is to support the acquisition of modern equipment needed to improve or streamline operating processes and procedures in biomedical research laboratories and in animal research facilities. Providing access to such equipment can also expand the capacity of essential support services for evolving and emerging research programs. This FOA does not support the acquisition of scientific research instruments that acquire experimental data. Examples of scientific instruments include spectrometers, microscopes, biomedical imagers, cell analyzers, sequencers, and metabolic cages. Computer and data storage systems supporting scientific data collection, storage, and analysis are also not supported by this FOA. Such instruments can be requested through ORIP’s shared instrumentation programs.

Award Budget:
Application budgets must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum award budget is $400,000 of direct costs. Applications with a a request of direct costs less than $25,000 will not be considered. For requests of multiple pieces of the same or different equipment, the minimum budget for any given piece is $10,000. Since the scope of different projects will vary, it is anticipated that the size of the awards will vary.

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Dec 01, 2021
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_NIH PAR-21-326_2021 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1. Cover Page(1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • PI name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

2. Project Description (no more than two pages, pdf) identifying the project scope that addresses the key aspects and elements of the sponsor's solicitation, principal investigators, collaborators, and partner organizations.

3. 2-page CV's of Investigators

Formatting Guidelines:

Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

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