University of Southern California


PAR-17-075: Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10)

Slots:                                                     1
LOI:                                                        N/A                       
Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline:                          May 31, 2017, 5pm PDT
Award Information:                        Type:  Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Estimation of 12
Anticipated Amount: $6 million total. Awards are for one year only.
Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:
Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        
In summary, this FOA solicits requests to purchase state-of-the-art commercially available instruments that are to be used on a shared basis and are needed by NIH-funded investigators engaged in biomedical research using animals or related materials such as animal tissues, cells or germplasm.

For example, applicants may request integrated systems to support animal research in all fields of biomedical research, such as neurophysiology, cardiac physiology, immunology, developmental biology or neurobehavioral sciences. Similarly relevant are series of instruments for high-throughput experiments in research areas such as genomics, phenotyping, or metabolomics. Clusters of instruments may improve surgical approaches by incorporating robotics and real-time decision-making procedures based on imaging or molecular characterizations of tissue. A combination of microfluidics-related technologies with high-throughput and high-content screening may advance phenotyping procedures. Likewise, a combination of optical imaging, flow-cytometry, and mass spectrometry may improve and speed up molecular profiling. Also appropriate are integrated systems for cognitive-behavioral studies or advanced monitoring set-ups for comprehensive physiological and metabolic assessment. Of special interest are unique instrumentation systems that enhance experimental protocols by incorporating best practices, to improve reliability and reproducibility in biomedical sciences.

Applicants may also request single research instruments (such as sequencers, microscopes, or imagers) to be placed in animal barrier facilities to support research activities which cannot be taken outside of the barrier; for example, longitudinal studies or research in a specific pathogen-free environment. For single instruments not intended to be used in a barrier facility, applicants should consider applying to the Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program or High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program. Concurrent submissions to the SIFAR, SIG, and HEI Programs can be made only under conditions described in Section III.

The SIFAR Program will not support requests for:

Instruments must be used for research purposes only. Foreign-made equipment is allowable.

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