Equipment Funding

Below is a listing of opportunities for funding equipment and instrumentation. If you have questions about any of these opportunities, we encourage you to contact the FAS Research Development team to discuss your funding needs.

Sponsoring Organization & Program / Grant NameAward CeilingDeadlineDescription
Department of Defense
Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
$1,500,000TBD (Previous RFP expired on 07/22/2016)DURIP is 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.  This award provides support to purchase instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD, including areas of research supported by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Laboratory Equipment Donation Program
N/ARollingThe LEDP program grants surplus and available used energy-related laboratory equipment to universities and colleges in the United States for use in energy oriented educational programs. The listing of equipment available is posted on the website and is updated as new equipment is identified. It is available at no cost for a limited time and is granted on the first-received qualified application basis. Specific items may be recalled for DOE use and become unavailable through the program after the equipment appears on the availability list.
DOE Nuclear Energy University Programs
Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

TBD (Previous deadline 11/23/16)

Under the General Scientific Infrastructure Support for Universities section of this FOA, applications can be submitted for equipment, software, instrumentation, and associated non-reactor upgrade requests that support nuclear energy-related R&D or education. Funding requests can include, but are not limited to, equipment and instrumentation for specialized facilities, classrooms and teaching laboratories (for universities only), and nonreactor NS&E research.  Infrastructure requests that support the sharing and use of equipment and instrumentation by multiple campuses of a university, multiple universities, or national laboratories are encouraged.  Universities are permitted to submit one single application to this FOA area per institution.
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUnspecifiedRollingUnder their research programs (Science, Environmental Conservation, and Patient Care), the Moore Foundation funds equipment along with other research expenses.
Micromeritrics Instrument Corporation
Instrument Grant Program
Varies by instrument typeRollingProvides materials characterization instruments to non-profit universities and research organizations for the purpose of fostering and supporting meritorious research projects. Types of instrumentation that will qualify as Donated Equipment include particle size analyzers, gas adsorption analyzers, mercury porosimeters, gas pycnometers, and chemisorption instrumentation.
ROSES: Planetary Major Equipment
No award ceiling provided; requests must exceed $40,00004/28/17
This program allows proposals for new or upgraded nonflight analytical, computational, telescopic, and other instrumentation required by investigations sponsored by the Planetary Science Research Program’s science research programs. A Planetary Major Equipment (PME) proposal may be submitted in one of two ways: (1) as a special section that is appended to an eligible Planetary Science research program; or (2) as a stand-alone equipment proposal submitted to an eligible Planetary Science research program.
Shared Instrumentation Grant Program


The objective of this Program is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical/behavioral research. The Program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. 
High End Instrumentation Grant
$2,000,0005/31/17The ORIP High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase a single major item of equipment to be used for biomedical research that costs at least $600,000. Instruments in this category 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.
Earth Sciences, Instrumentation and Facilities
$750,000RollingThe Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division. EAR/IF will consider proposals for the acquisition or upgrade of research equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations, and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences.
National Facilities
N/ARollingThe National Facilities program supports the operation of national user facilities: National Facilities are research facilities with specialized instrumentation available to the scientific research community in general and the materials research community in particular. These facilities provide unique research capabilities that can be located at only a few highly specialized laboratories in the Nation. They provide open user service for scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines including biology, chemistry, geosciences, materials research, and physics.
Major Research Instrumentation


Harvard pre-proposal deadline anticipated in late October

The MRI Program serves to increase access to shared instrumentation for scientific and engineering research and research training. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments.  Harvard may submit only three proposals for the NSF MRI competition.  If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

$2.2-$4 million/year
for up to 6 years

TBD (previous pre-proposal deadline 07/1/16)Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. MRSECs address research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and interdisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership.
Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support
UnspecifiedTBD; previous deadlines between 11/15/16 - 12/15/16Oceanographic facilities and equipment awards are made for the procurement, conversion and/or up-grade, enhancement or annual operation of platforms in the ocean, coastal, near-shore and Great Lakes. Awards are generally directed specifically to support facilities that lend themselves to shared use within the broad range of federally-supported research and education programs. Individual project-based facilities and instrumentation, limited to one or a small group of investigators, should be supported through appropriate research programs, including: Ship Operations, Oceanographic Technical Services, Oceanographic Instrumentation, Shipboard Scientific Support Equipment, Ship Acquisition and Upgrade, and Other Facility Activities.
Fund for Astronomical Research Theodore Dunham, Jr. Grants for Research in AstronomyUp to $5,000TBD (previous proposal deadline 10/3/16)Grants support research in astronomy and are awarded for the acquisition of astronomical equipment, computer time, computer hardware or software that will be used in research.
W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program$500,000-$5M 5/1/17Under their Research Program, which supports novel projects in two specific areas: (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, Keck funds high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers that falls outside the mission of public funding agencies.  While not specifically an equipment grant, funds may be used for equipment along with other research expenses.