University of Southern California


PAR-18-599: Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Slots:                                                     1             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A                       

External Deadline:                          May 31, 2018, 5:00PM local time

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 12

Anticipated Amount: $6 million total

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        

Who May Serve as PI:                    The PD/PI chosen for this application should have documented (in the biographical sketch) technical expertise directly related to the requested instrumentation or scientific expertise in biomedical research using animals, must be affiliated with the applicant organization, and must be registered on eRA Commons. The PD/PI does not need to have an NIH research grant or any other research support, and may be a Core director, tenured or non-tenured faculty member of the applicant organization.

Multiple PDs/PIs are not allowed under the S10 mechanism.


The Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program invites groups of NIH-funded investigators engaged in biomedical research using animals, to seek support for high-cost, state-of-the-art, commercially available scientific instruments. All requested instruments must be used on a shared basis and enhance research that uses animals or related materials such as animal tissues, cells, or germplasm.

NIH-funded investigators use many different vertebrate and invertebrate animals in biomedical research, including worms, flies, fish, and rodents. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports instrumentation requests related to all animal species needed for NIH-supported biomedical research. NIH-funded investigators rely on a broad spectrum of technologies including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers. This FOA supports requests for all available technologies to enhance research using animals or related biological materials such as tissue, cells, or germplasm, for the ultimate benefit of human health.

It is expected that instruments within a series will be used in conjunction with each other. For example, the placement of instruments in a thematic core facility would focus on investigations in a common scientific field such as cardiovascular or neurological studies. Similarly, instruments placed in a barrier facility would enable longitudinal studies and other investigations requiring special settings such as gnotobiotic environment.

To ensure the effective and collaborative use of all requested instruments, they should be placed in a common or adjacent physical location for ease of access and to promote synergetic operation of the items within the cluster/series.

Requests for single instruments are not appropriate for this FOA and, if submitted to this FOA, they will not be considered for funding.

The SIFAR Program will not support requests for:

Instruments must be used for research purposes only.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.