Major Research Equipment Program

2019-20 Laboratory and University Core Facility Research Equipment Program

Offered by the EVPRP and the Provost

General Information

(see EVPRP site for detailed guidelines, FAQs and the application template)

Synopsis and Key Dates

Part I, for equipment with allowed costs up to $100,000

  • Matching funds are not required and are generally not allowed.
  • Applications are due October 2, 2019.
  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions no later than December 2019.
  • Funds should be spent or encumbered by May 31, 2020.

Part II, for equipment with allowed costs between $100,000 and $1,000,000

  • Matching funds required -- at least one-third (1/3) of the allowed costs
  • Mandatory Preliminary Concept Summaries are due November 6, 2019.
  • Final Applications are due January 27, 2020.
  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in late February or early March 2020.
  • Funds should be spent or encumbered by May 31, 2020.

Background and Rationale

Researchers at Purdue University require up-to-date and effective equipment (instruments, apparatus, software and databases) and facilities to conduct the world-class research expected at a major research university. The Laboratory and Core Facility Research Equipment Program sponsored collaboratively by the Provost and the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships supports the purchase of capital research equipment in two cost categories. The goal is to address critical and strategic research equipment needs and thereby enhance the research programs of individual investigators as well as multiple investigators reliant on shared-use equipment.

This program is not intended to replace internal funds committed as matching for external equipment awards or internal/external funds already allocated for the equipment. This program is not intended to augment start-up or other incentive funds provided to individuals.

Part I, for equipment with allowed costs up to $100,000:

Gaps in the availability of external funding for capital equipment costing up to $100,000 are recognized. Grants to individual investigators and/or funds from academic units are often unable to support equipment acquisitions at the high end of this range, and few external mechanisms foster acquisitions of multi-user equipment with costs in the low end.

Part II, major equipment with allowed costs between $100,000 and $1,000,000:

Funding for the acquisition of major equipment costing more than $100,000 may be obtained through competitive proposals to external sponsors, and this is the preferred route. Internal funds are offered through this Program because external funding opportunities are sometimes poorly matched in expediency or design to the needs of Purdue researchers.

Issued August 1, 2019

 

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