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The NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) program solicits applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade commercially available instruments that cost at least $100,000. The maximum award is $500,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell sorters and NMR spectrometers, among others. Awards are for one year and for direct costs only. Cost sharing is not required.

There is no restriction on the number of applications an institution can submit to the SIG program each year provided the applications request different types of equipment. However, if two or more applications are submitted for similar equipment (for example, two 600 MHz NMR spectrometers) from the same institution, documentation from a high level institutional official must be provided stating that this is not an unintended duplication, but part of a campus wide institutional plan. In order to assure this required coordination, letters of intent to apply must be received in the Office of Research, 203 Jesse Hall, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2005.  Letters of intent should be limited to one page and should specify the equipment to be requested and the purpose(s) for which the instrumentation is sought.

Eligibility: For purpose of eligibility, 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. For purposes of this program, research grants are defined as those grants awarded with the following activity codes: P01, R01, U01, R35, and R37.

Amount: Applications are limited to instruments that cost at least $100,000 per instrument or integrated instrument system. The maximum award is $500,000.

Campus Deadline: Monday, February 16, 2005
NIH deadline: Tuesday, March 22, 2005

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This announcement is being sent to deans, directors and chairs in life science disciplines.  Plesse forward it to faculty who may be interested.


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