NIH GUIDE, Volume 21, Number 41, November 13, 1992

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  Instrumentation, Biological 

  Instrumentation, Medical 

  Instrumentation, Scientific 

National Institutes of Health

Application Receipt Date:  February 10, 1993


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has supported a Small

Instrumentation Grants Program (SIP) since FY 1987 in response to

several studies indicating that the state of biomedical research

instrumentation had seriously eroded over the recent past and that this

situation is retarding the progress of biomedical research.  The most

significant need identified in these studies is for the relatively low-

cost pieces of equipment in the price range of approximately $5,000 to


Approximately $6 million will be available from the NIH in FY 1993 for

the SIP.  (As of October 1, 1992, the NIH was expanded to include the

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National

Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Mental Health

and these three institutes will participate in this program.)


Eligible organizations or organizational components are those domestic,

non-profit organizations that:  (1) received at least three NIH

(including the three Institutes indicated above) research grants in the

research grants base (defined below) totaling between $200,000 and

$2,924,000 in FY 1992, and (2) have active NIH research grant support.

The "research grants base" is defined as those grants awarded with the

following activity codes:  K01, K02, K04, K05, K06, K08, K11, K12, K14,

K15, K16, K20, K21, P01, P40, P41, P42, P50, P60, R01, R03, R10, R21,

R22, R23, R24, R29, R35, R37, R55, S06, S14, U01, U10, U24, U41, U42,

and U54.


The mechanism of support for this program will the small

instrumentation program (S15).  Applicants will be responsible for

identifying and purchasing the equipment requested for use on active

NIH research grants.


Only those organizations or organizational components receiving a

LETTER OF INVITATION TO APPLY are eligible for a SIP award.  These

letters, which will contain application instructions, will be mailed on

or about November 25, 1992.

Only one application may be submitted from each eligible organization

or organizational component, which may establish its own procedures for

identifying equipment requests.

Investigators interested in participating in their organization's or

organizational component's application should contact the official

responsible for completing the application.  Those officials who expect

to be involved in preparing an application should publicize the

availability of SIP funds, so that investigators in need of small

research instruments are provided the opportunity to indicate their

needs for such equipment.

The SIP award will be restricted to the purchase of equipment costing

between $5,000 and $60,000.  Awards will be made on or before September

1, 1993.  The amount of the award will be based

on a percentage of the organization's or organizational component's

research grants base for FY 1992 or $5,000, whichever is greater.

Organizations or organizational components will be notified of the

maximum amount for which they may apply.

Completed applications must be received by February 10, 1993.


Applications will be assigned to individual NIH Institutes and Centers

for administrative review of the completeness of the application in

accordance with the application instructions.

Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant without

further consideration.

Specific funding decisions will depend on available funds and the

appropriateness of the request in relation to active NIH research grant



Issues NOT ADDRESSED in the application instructions may be addressed


Research Training and Special Programs Office

Office of Extramural Research

National Institutes of Health

Building 31, Room 5B44

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-1968

FAX:  (301) 496-0166


This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic

Assistance, No. 93.337, Biomedical Research Support.  Grants will be

available under the authority of and administered in accordance with

the PHS Grants Policy Statement and Federal regulations at 42 CFR 52

and 42 USC 241.  This program is not subject to the intergovernmental

review requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency



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