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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NIH Modern Equipment for Shared-use Biomedical Research Facilities: Advancing Research-Related Operations 2022

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:September 30, 2021
Subject:NIH Modern Equipment for Shared-use Biomedical Research Facilities: Advancing Research-Related Operations 2022


Deadline for Internal Review:October 14, 2021

Project Description

The objective of this FOA is to support the acquisition of modern equipment needed to improve or streamline operating processes and procedures in biomedical research laboratories and in animal research facilities. Providing access to such equipment can also expand the capacity of essential support services for evolving and emerging research programs. This FOA does not support the acquisition of scientific research instruments that acquire experimental data. Examples of scientific instruments include spectrometers, microscopes, biomedical imagers, cell analyzers, sequencers, and metabolic cages. Computer and data storage systems supporting scientific data collection, storage, and analysis are also not supported by this FOA. Such instruments can be requested through ORIP’s shared instrumentation programs. The text below gives examples of equipment supported by this FOA.

Animal research facilities are one of the targeted research spaces of this FOA. Examples of supported equipment include ventilated cages for rodents, aquatic animal systems equipped with water quality assessment tools, and automated feeding systems to aid in consistency and accuracy of animal care. Telemetry equipment to monitor animal well-being is another relevant example. Also, environmental management devices that can assist in the monitoring and customizing of environmental conditions, such as temperature, humidity, air flow, and lighting are appropriate for this FOA. Overall, an animal facility furnished with modern equipment and assisted by IT management tools can help to ensure robust and reproducible experiments, an area of particular concern in animal research.

Core laboratories and specialized facilities are other spaces targeted by this FOA. Without access to modern research facilities with well-controlled environments and furnished with specialized support equipment, many research functions are not feasible. Modern biobanking and cryopreservation systems, assisted with robotic arms and other high-throughput tools, are examples of such equipment. Equipment that, when connected to building systems, modernizes, streamlines, or improves the operating efficiency of the facility are also supported. This includes specialized autoclaves/sterilizers, glass washers, fume hoods, and biosafety cabinets. Also, isolators, bioreactors, anoxic and other environmental chambers are appropriate for this FOA. Computers or other electronics with specialized software can also be a part of the equipment request if they are required for operating or monitoring the performance of the equipment. Tools for collecting and managing environmental data are supported.

Amount per Award: Maximum award budget is $400,000 of direct costs
Duration of Award: 1 Year
Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications


UW is allowed to submit 1 application.

The PD/PI does not need to have an NIH research grant or any other research support. The PD/PI may be a core or an animal research facility director, tenured, or non-tenured faculty member of the applicant organization. The PD/PI must be affiliated with the applicant organization and must be registered on eRA Commons. Typically, the PD/PI will be a scientist with a leadership role in overseeing or managing the shared-use facility and relevant scientific or technical expertise (documented in the biographical sketch) related to the requested technology.

Multiple PDs/PIs are not allowed under this FOA


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, please email a single PDF to

Please include:

  • Cover Sheet including team members, partners
  • CV of PI
  • Based on the information contained in the NIH FOA, provide a 2-3 page description of the proposed equipment, the need for the equipment, where it will be installed, and the faculty/staff programs impacted.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to NIH by December 01, 2021.