NIH GUIDE, Volume 22, Number 42, November 19, 1993

PA NUMBER:  PA-94-012

P.T. 34



  Instrumentation, Biological 

  Instrumentation, Medical 

  Instrumentation, Scientific 

National Institutes of Health

Application Receipt Date:  February 16, 1994


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

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

several studies that indicated that the state of biomedical research

instrumentation had seriously eroded and was retarding the progress

of biomedical research.  The most significant need identified in

these studies was for the relatively low-cost pieces of equipment in

the price range of approximately $5,000 to $60,000.

Approximately $5.3 million will be available from the NIH in FY 1994

for the SIP.


Eligible organizations or organizational components are those

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

NIH research grants in the research grants base (defined below)

totaling between $200,000 and $3,208,000 in FY 1993; 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.  Organizations

or organizational components that received awards totaling MORE THAN

$3,208,000 in FY 1993 are NOT eligible.


The mechanism of support for this program will be the small

instrumentation grant (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 contain application instructions, will be mailed on or

about November 24, 1993.

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, 1994.  The amount of the award will be based on a

percentage of the organization's or organizational component's

research grants base for FY 1993 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 16, 1994.


Applications will be assigned to individual NIH awarding components

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 grant support.


All eligible organizations or organizational components will receive

a letter of invitation to apply for a SIP award.

Therefore, only those issues NOT ADDRESSED in the application

instructions may be addressed to:

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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