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University of Wisconsin–Madison

USDA-NIFA Equipment Grants Program 2022

To:Chairs and Administrators; Departments in the Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:April 25, 2022
Subject:USDA-NIFA Equipment Grants Program 2022


Deadline for Internal Review:May 13, 2022

Project Description

This announcement has been archived and replaced by USDA-NIFA Equipment Grants Program 2024

The Equipment Grants Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher education, including State Cooperative Extension Systems. The program seeks to strengthen the quality and expand the scope of fundamental and applied research at eligible institutions, by providing them with opportunities to acquire one shared-use piece of equipment/instrument that supports their research, research training, and extension goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs. EGP grants are not intended to replace requests for equipment in individual project applications. The program emphasizes shared-use instrumentation that will enhance the capabilities of researchers, educators, and extension specialists both within and outside the proposing organization.

Proposals to the EGP must involve acquisition of a single, well-integrated piece of equipment/instrument. Well-integrated means that the ensemble of equipment that defines the instrument enables specific fundamental or applied research experiments in the food and agricultural sciences, including data science and data systems; separating or removing an element or component of such an integrated instrument would preclude that research from
occurring or succeeding. An instrument acquired with support from EGP is expected to be fully operational by the conclusion of the first year of the project.

Amount per Award: $25,001 to $500,000
Duration of Award: Up to 3 years
Number of Awards: USDA-NIFA has allocated $4,800,000 to the EGP


UW-Madison may submit 2 applications.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, attach a single PDF to an email to:

Please include the following:

  • Cover Page including: Name and academic title of PI, contact information, and title of equipment being requested
  • CV
  • 2 page description of how your project meets the goals of the solicitation

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to National Institute of Food and Agriculture by June 15, 2022.