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Applications accepted for S10 instrumentation grants from NIH

Feb. 28, 2017, 5:02 PM

The NIH S10 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. Types of instruments supported by S10 funding include, but are not limited to, X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers.

New this year is the Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) grant program. The SIFAR program supports requests for state-of-the art, commercially available technologies needed for NIH-funded research using any vertebrate and invertebrate animal species. It is expected that the use of the awarded instruments will enhance the scientific rigor of animal research and improve the reproducibility of experimental outcomes for research that uses animals or related materials such as animal tissues, cells or germplasm.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (SOM) investigators from both clinical (VUMC) and basic science (VU) departments who intend to apply to any of the three S10 programs should submit an internal proposal for review. An internal proposal is required for projects that will request SOM matching funds.

Proposals submitted on behalf of or in collaboration with an SOM core facility or shared resource will be prioritized for matching funds. SOM leadership will work with the Vanderbilt University vice provost for research’s office to resolve any conflicts between potentially overlapping proposals from SOM and Vanderbilt University as a whole, and determine priority for SOM matches.

  • Link to the Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) program announcement: PAR-17-074Budget range for the SIG: $50,000–$600,000
  • Link to the Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant program: PAR-17-075. Budget range for the SIFAR: $50,000–$750,000
  • Link to the High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) program announcement: PAR-17-076Budget range for the HEI: $600,000–$2,000,000

To submit an internal proposal, please click on the link to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine S10 Internal Proposal Form below and complete all fields. Be sure to scroll down to click “Submit” once all information has been entered or uploaded. You will be contacted if more information is needed.

SOM S10 Internal Proposal Form:

Internal proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on March 31. Late submissions may be ineligible for matching funds. Contact Susan Meyn in the VUMC Office of Research at with any questions about the program requirements, eligibility or institutional process.

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