The UFGI Equipment Grant Program will periodically have calls for applications for new equipment purchases. The goal of the program is to provide UFGI members with access to critical, shared instrumentation that can foster new research directions, promote collaborations and facilitate new grant applications. Applications will be judged on their likelihood of achieving these goals as well as on issues of cost and utility. Applications are due July 1, 2014.
All applicants must be UFGI members. Applications will be considered for instrument purchases where the contribution from UFGI does not exceed $100,000. While the application can come from a single investigator, the instrument must be shared, i.e., available to all UFGI investigators with appropriate training and/or supervision. Proposals for equipment whose use would be restricted to a single investigator or a group of investigators from a single college, department, floor of a building etc. will not be considered. All equipment purchased through this program must be housed in UFGI space in the Cancer/Genetics Research Complex.
Applications will be reviewed by members of the UFGI executive committee and ranked by priority. Review criteria will include: (1) Impact: The likelihood that availability of the proposed instrument will foster collaboration and lead to new grant support. (2) Support: The availability and amount of matching funds to leverage the commitment from UFGI as well as the overall cost. (3) Lifetime: The expected lifetime over which the instrument will be impactful and the quality of the proposed plan to manage and maintain it. All decisions on funding will be made by the Director of UFGI in consultation with the executive committee.
Applications should be submitted via online application as PDFs. A template with sections that can be filled in is provided below:
The application should start with a cover page providing the names of the applicant(s), their affiliations, contact information, and a brief title indicating the name of the instrument to be acquired. The research plan should be no more than 3 pages in length and address the bulleted points and subpoints indicated on the template. (The bracketed comments are to provide guidance in addressing these points but do not need to appear as formal headings or topics in the application.) You can attach relevant ancillary information as appendices such as vendor price quotes. Use standard paper size (8 ½” x 11). Use one inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger.
Applications are due July 1, 2014.