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Equipment Grants

The following programs provide funding or support specifically for equipment or instrumentation. Consult each program’s webpage 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 Synopsis

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP):
Office of Naval ResearchAir Force Office of Scientific ResearchArmy Research Office

varies; July, August, or September


*The submission date for FY 2018 DURIP is open until July 07, 2017

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 Synopsis

Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

Open until Sept. 30, 2017

Some categories include equipment and computational support for physics research activities.

Laboratory Equipment Donation Program


DOE, in accordance with its responsibility to encourage research and development in the energy area, awards grants of used energy-related laboratory equipment. View complete list of equipment.


National Aeronautics and Space Administration



Program Synopsis

Planetary Major Equipment (ROSES 2016)Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)

Varies. Planetary Major Equipment solicitation closes April 27, 2018.

This program allows proposals for upgrading the analytical, computational, telescopic, and other instrumentation required by investigations for certain programs elements sponsored by the Planetary Science Division Research and Analysis Program.

National Institutes of Health



Program Synopsis

NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10) and
High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10)

campus limited submission: approximately January or February

The objective of the SIG and HEI programs is to make available to groups of NIH supported investigators 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.

National Science Foundation



Program Synopsis

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program


See NSF Proposal Guidelines

campus limited submission.


Full proposal deadline date: Jan. 10, 2018; second Wednesday in January, annually thereafter.

MRI provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. An organization may submit, including as a significantly funded subawardee. If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development.

Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI)

November 1 annually

The ATI program provides grants to support the development and construction of state-of-the-art astronomical detectors and instruments for the visible, infrared, submillimeter, and radio regions of the spectrum.

Archaeometry AwardsSBE Archaeology and Archaeometry

December 1

The Archaeology Program recognizes three broad classes of archaeometric proposals: proposals to support laboratories which provide archaeometric services; proposals to develop and refine archaeometric techniques; proposals to apply existing analytic techniques to specific bodies of archaeological materials. Laboratory support awards provide “core” funding that permits laboratories to increase analytical capacity through the addition and/or replacement of equipment and retention of key personnel.

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 Research Infrastructure (CRI)

Preliminary proposal: Nov. 14, 2017; second Tuesday in November, annually thereafter


Full proposal: Jan. 17, 2018; third Wednesday in January, annually thereafter

The CRI program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. CRI supports two classes of awards: Institutional Infrastructure, and Community Infrastructure.

Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)


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 in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)

Dec. 08, 2017; second Friday in December, annually thereafter

FSMLs support environmental and basic biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education.

Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR)

Current, but no longer receiving proposals at this time while budget evaluation in process

The IDBR Program supports the development, production, and distribution of novel instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research in areas supported by NSF Biology programs.

Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support

Open: contact program

These 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.