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The following programs provide funding or support specifically for equipment or instrumentation. Consult each program’s web page for more detailed information and current deadlines. Find more opportunities by using Pivot and selecting “Equipment or Materials Acquisition” under “Funding Type.”

Federal Agencies

Department of Defense

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP):
Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office
August or September DURIP is a multi-agency DoD program 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. Proposals may request $50,000 to $1,000,000. Proposals for purely instructional equipment are not eligible. General-purpose computing facilities are not appropriate for DURIP funding, but requests for computers for DoD-relevant research programs are appropriate.

Department of Energy

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Used Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment (ERLE) open This program grants available excess of used energy-related laboratory equipment to universities and colleges and other nonprofit educational institutions of higher learning in the United States for use in energy-oriented educational programs.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Planetary Major Equipment (ROSES 2012), Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) varies This program element allows proposals for new or upgraded analytical, computational, telescopic, and other instrumentation required by investigations sponsored by the Planetary Science Research Program’s science research programs.

National Institutes of Health

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Shared Instrumentation Grant Program campus limited submission: approximately January or February This program funds groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade commercially available instruments that cost at least $100,000.  The maximum award is $600,000.  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.

National Science Foundation

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program campus limited submission: approximately December The MRI Program is intended to assist with the acquisition or development of research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Proposals must be for either acquisition or development, and can be for a single instrument or for equipment that when combined serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual). Awards for instrumentation range from $100,000 to $4 million. Proposals that request funds less than $100,000 will also be accepted for the disciplines of social, behavioral and economic sciences. An organization may submit or be included as a partner or subawardee in no more than three proposals. If an organization submits or is included as a partner or subawardee in three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development.
Archaeometry Awards, SBE Archaeology Program December 1 The Archaeology Program recognizes three broad classes of archaeometric proposals: to support laboratories which provide archaeometric services; to develop and refine archaeometric techniques; and to apply existing analytic techniques to specific bodies of archaeological materials. Laboratory support awards provide December “core” funding that permits laboratories to increase analytical capacity through the addition and/or replacement of equipment and retention of key personnel.
Chemical and Transport Systems Division, Engineering Research Equipment Funding January Research equipment with a total cost of less than $200,000 can be funded by individual or multiple programs within the Engineering Directorate or via joint funding with programs in other divisions or directorates. Programs that accept equipment proposals are: Thermal Transport & Thermal Processing; Combustion & Plasmas Systems; Interfacial, Transport & Thermodynamics; Separation & Purification Processes; Fluid Dynamics & Hydraulics; Kinetics, Catalysis & Molecular Processes.
Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities (CRIF) to be determined CRIF provides funds to research institutions and consortia thereof for the purchase of multi-user instruments and for the establishment and support of multi-user research facilities in the chemical sciences. NSF has temporarily suspended the CRIF program.
CISE Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) first Tuesday in October The CRI program drives discovery and learning in the computing disciplines by supporting the creation, enhancement and operation of world-class computing research infrastructure. CRI supports two classes of awards: Institutional Infrastructure, and Community Infrastructure.
Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF) open This program supports: Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment; Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software; Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities; Support for Early Career Investigators.
Improvements at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) second Friday in December FSMLs must offer modern research and educational facilities, equipment, communications and data management systems for a broad array of users. In recognition of the importance of FSMLs in modern biology, NSF invites proposals that address these general goals of FSML improvement.
Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) last Friday in July This Program supports the development of instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research. The Program accepts two types of proposals: Innovation Proposals and Bridging Proposals.
Oceanographic Centers and Facilities, Integrative Programs Section, Division of Ocean Sciences varies This program supports expensive facilities that are necessary for NSF-funded research and training of oceanographers. Examples of these facilities are ships, submersibles, large shipboard equipment, and shared-use instruments to collect and analyze data.