Core Instrumentation Special Solicitation – Small Equipment

The Core Instrumentation Fund Special Solicitation – Small Equipment aims to provide USC researchers with greater access to shared equipment and key resources, including datasets and repositories, in addition to core instrumentation already available through existing core facilities

The solicitation will consider requests up to $30,000 (smaller budgets welcomed) and invites proposals from core facilities for the acquisition of small equipment, datasets, and/or repositories. 

Applications proposing acquisition or licensing of datasets or repositories not associated with a core facility must be made by the school research dean (or designee). All equipment/datasets/repositories supported under this announcement must be advertised and made available to the entire USC research community. The fund is not intended for purchase of computing equipment, unless it is integrated with other types of instrumentation.

Please visit our grants portal for additional details:

If you are experiencing technical issues submitting your proposal or have additional question, please contact the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure(RII) at

This portal requires information about the PIs (and Co-PIs) in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.