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Funding for Capital Equipment

Department of Energy

  • Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment (ERLE) Program: The ERLE Grant Program was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to grant available used equipment to institutions of higher education for the purpose of equipping their science and engineering laboratories with equipment for energy related research and/or instructional purposes in the life, physical, and environmental sciences and engineering. Eligible institutions submit an equipment proposal request to the DOE field organization where the equipment is located, stating the objective to be met through use of the equipment.

National Institutes of Health

  • Shared Instrumentation Grant: 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 between $100,000 and $500,000.
  • High-End Instrumentation Grants: The High-End Instrumentation Grant Program supports the purchase of instruments that cost more than $750,000. HEI grants fund cutting-edge equipment required to advance biomedical research and increase knowledge of the underlying causes of human disease. Awarded to research institutions around the country, the one-time grants support the purchase of sophisticated instruments costing more than $750,000. Three or more NIH-funded investigators whose research requires the instrument must be identified in advance by the institution.
  • Technology Development for Biomedical Applications: Provides support for the development of new and improved instruments or devices, development of new methodologies using existing instruments, or the development of software to be used in biomedical research. This FOA is similar to the "Instrument Development for Biological Research" program in the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The major difference between the two programs is that instrumentation for the conduct of disease-oriented research is specifically excluded from the NSF program. Some instrument development proposals could be considered either under this program announcement or by NSF.
  • Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative: This initiative of the trans-NIH Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) invites Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications for developing and applying nanotechnology to biomedicine. This funding opportunity will be run in parallel with a FOA of identical scientific scope that will utilize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant mechanism.


National Science Foundation

General Disciplines in Science and Engineering:

  • Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): The NSF MRI program is a limited submission institutional award. See CSULB guidelines Microsoft Word Document for seeking approval to submit a NSF MRI proposal. The MRI program is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in our Nation's organizations of higher education, research museums and non-profit research organizations. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The MRI program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter and/or intra-organizational use and in concert with private sector partners. Useful Tips for Writing an MRI proposal Adobe PDF Document.

Atmospheric Sciences:

  • UNIDATA Facilities Program: UNIDATA is a national program to help universities access, analyze, and display a wide range of atmospheric data on their own computers. The program is managed by UCAR, is supported by NSF's ATM Division, and serves a broad community, including teaching and research professionals in weather forecasting, climate studies, atmospheric analysis and modeling, and related disciplines. The primary purpose of the Unidata Equipment Award is to encourage new members from diverse disciplines in the geosciences to join the Unidata community, and for existing members to continue their active participation so as to enhance the community process. They accept equipment proposals from academic institutions engaged in teaching and research in the geosciences for the deployment of Unidata-supported systems.
  • Upper Atmospheric Facilities (UAF): The major goal of the Upper Atmospheric Facilities (UAF) is to promote basic research on the structure and dynamics of the Earth's upper atmosphere. Research efforts utilizing these facilities have strong links to the Aeronomy Program and the Magnetospheric Physics Program.

Biological Sciences:

  • Multi-user Equipment and Instrumentation Resources for Biological Sciences: The MUE Program provides support to institutions to purchase expensive items of equipment that will be shared by a number of investigators having actively-funded research projects in areas supported by BIO. Applications are invited for instruments that cost at least $40,000 per instrument or integrated system. This program will provide funds up to$400,000 per application. MUE is not accepting proposals until further notice.
  • Instrument Development for Biological Research: The IDBR Program supports the development of novel or of substantially improved instrumentation likely to have a significant impact on the study of biological systems at any level. The development of new, or substantial improvement of existing, software for the operation of instruments, analysis of data, or the analysis of images is also supported where these have the effect of improving instrument performance. Proposals aimed at concept or proof-of-concept development for entirely novel instrumentation are encouraged.


  • Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities (CRIF): The Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities Program (CRIF) is structured to enable the National Science Foundation's Division of Chemistry to respond to a variety of needs for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas traditionally supported by the Division. CRIF provides funds for the purchase of multi-user instruments, for major instrumentation development and construction, and for the establishment and support of multi-user research facilities in the chemical sciences.
  • Instrumentation for Materials Research (IMR): The IMR Program supports the acquisition 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 (3) Improve the quality, expand the scope, and foster and enable the integration of research and education in research-intensive environments.

Earth Sciences and Oceanography:

  • Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF): EAR/IF will consider proposals for: Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations, and student training opportunities in the Earth sciences; Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques, Software or Cyber infrastructure that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences; Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities that will make complex and expensive instruments or systems of instruments broadly available to the Earth sciences research and student communities; Support of Research Technicians who will provide for optimal and efficient operation of advanced instrumentation, analytical protocol development, and user training for Earth science research instrumentation. Planned research uses of requested instruments must include basic research on solid-Earth and surface-Earth processes.
  • Oceanographic Centers and Facilities and Equipment: supports construction, conversion, acquisition, and operation of major shared-use oceanographic facilities. The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) schedules these facilities and expeditionary programs. 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.
  • Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories: FSMLs are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support biological research and education by preserving and providing access to study areas and organisms, by providing physical plant and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education.

Computer Science:

  • CISE Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI): The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) program supports the acquisition, development, enhancement, and operation of research infrastructure that enables discovery, learning, and innovation in all computing fields supported by CISE. Supported infrastructure includes instrumentation needed by research or research and education projects, major experimental facilities for an entire department or for multi-institutional projects, and testbeds or data archives for an entire subfield of CISE researchers.

NSF Undergraduate Education:

  • Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI): The RUI activity 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. RUI proposals are evaluated and funded by the NSF programs in the disciplinary areas of the proposed research. A Research Opportunity Award is usually funded as a supplement to the NSF grant of the host researcher, and the application is submitted by the host institution.


  • Engineering Research Centers (ERC): The goal of the Generation Three (Gen-3) Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program is to create a culture of innovation in engineering research and education that links scientific discovery to technological innovation through transformational engineered systems research in order to advance technology and produce engineering graduates who will be creative innovators in a global economy. They will develop this culture of discovery and innovation through a symbiotic relationship between academic researchers, small innovative firms, and larger industrial and practitioner partners. They will have the opportunity to partner with foreign universities and provide unique opportunities for research and learning collaboration that will prepare U.S. engineering graduates for leadership in innovation in a global economy.
  • Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation: George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research (NEESR): to advance knowledge discovery and innovation for (1) earthquake and tsunami loss reduction of our nation's civil infrastructure and (2) new experimental simulation techniques and instrumentation for NEES. NEES comprises a network of 15 earthquake engineering experimental equipment sites available for experimentation on-site or in the field and through telepresence. NEES equipment sites include shake tables, geotechnical centrifuges, a tsunami wave basin, unique large-scale testing laboratory facilities, and mobile and permanently installed field equipment.

Department of Defense

Army Research Office (ARO); Office of Naval Research (ONR); Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR); Ballistic Missile Defense Organization

  • Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP): DURIP is a multi-agency DoD program for the acquisition of major equipment to augment current or develop new research capabilities to support research in the technical areas of interest to the DoD. The competition is open only to U.S. institutions of higher education, with degree granting programs in science, math, and/or engineering. Proposals to purchase instrumentation may request $50,000 to $1,000,000. Awards are typically one year in length.
  • DoD Infrastructure Support Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI): Schools interested in this program should look for the Broad Agency Announcement that is usually published in October each year in the ARO webpage. The BAA is linked through the AFOSR web site under "Research Opportunities." Goals of the program include (a) enhancing programs and capabilities at these institutions in scientific and engineering disciplines critical to the national security functions of DoD and (b) increasing the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in the fields of science, mathematics and/or engineering. Find University Research Initiative contracts and grants opportunities.
  • ONR's Young Investigator Program: ONR's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years. These funds may be budgeted against any reasonable costs related to the conduct of the proposed research, for example, salary for the Young Investigator, graduate student support, supplies, and operating expenses. Additional funds (beyond the basic $100,000 yearly amount) for capital equipment may be requested for the first budget period, based on the needs of the research. Requesting funds for capital equipment will not decrease the probability of receiving an award; additional support for equipment will be decided separately from award selections and will depend upon availability of funds.
  • U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command: The USAMRMC mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American warfighter at home and abroad. The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. The extramural research and development program plays a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the Command.