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The S10 Instrumentation Programs
ORIP's S10 Instrumentation Grant Programs consist of two components: the Shared Instrumentation Grants (SIG) and High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grants. These programs support purchases of state-of-the-art commercially available instruments to enhance research of NIH–funded investigators. Instruments that are awarded are typically too expensive to be obtained by an individual investigator with a research project grant. Every instrument awarded by an S10 grant is used on a shared basis, which makes the programs cost-efficient and beneficial to thousands of investigators in hundreds of institutions nationwide.
S10 awards are made to domestic public and private institutions of higher education, and non-profit domestic institutions such as hospitals, health professional schools, and research organizations. To be eligible for an S10 award, an institution must identify three or more Principal Investigators with active NIH research awards who demonstrate substantial need for the requested instrument.
Awards are issued for one year, and matching funds are not required. However, ORIP expects institutions that compete for S10 awards to provide an appropriate level of support for associated infrastructure, such as space to house the instrument, technical personnel, and post-award service contracts for instrument maintenance and operation.
Types of instruments supported by S10 funding include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers.
ORIP manages the S10 programs by issuing two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) with one annual receipt date:
- Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10) funds grant awards in the $50,000 to $600,000 range
(Deadline: May 16, 2016)
- High-End Instrumentation Grant Program (S10) funds grant awards in the $600,000 to $2,000,000 range
(Deadline: May 16, 2016)
Information about general program requirements can be found in the most recent announcements. Pending available funds, ORIP expects to publish new FOAs in late Winter/early Spring. ORIP encourages applicants to familiarize themselves with these documents before finalizing their applications so that submitted documents follow the up-to-date guidance on the application content and format.
Frequently Asked Questions
ORIP has a series of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (Q&As) to describe some of the NIH policies and practices relevant to S10 applications and S10 grants. Click here to view Q&As.
- In FY 2015, the SIG program provided 91 awards to biomedical research institutions in 31 states totaling $40,293,834. To see a list of these awards click on the link FY 2006 - 2015 SIG Awards.
- In FY 2015, the HEI program provided 19 awards to research institutions in 13 states totaling $26,162,569. To see a list of these awards click on the link FY 2006 - 2015 HEI Awards.
How to Apply
Information for Grantees
- S10 Final Progress Report - Instructions
- Standard Form 269A - Financial Status Report (Short Form) - 7/97
SIG Program Contact:
Alena Horska, PhD
HEI Program Contact:
Abraham Levy, PhD
ORIP Office Address:
Division of Construction and Instruments (DCI)
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)
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