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Non-laboratory Research Infrastructure and Equipment Program

Nurturing and Advancing Purdue’s Research Enterprise
2019-2020

Past Recipients

Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Purdue University

Deadlines:
Tier 1 Proposals: – due to ADRs October 2, 2019
Tier 2 Proposals: – due to EVPRP October 2, 2019
Funding Decisions Expected by December 1

Background

Research intensive universities such as Purdue have significant equipment and research infrastructure needs. A portion of these needs is met through private (foundations) and public (federal and state) sponsors. However, a significant need exists to augment these sources with internal funds to fill existing gaps and advance research and scholarship. This program is designed to support research infrastructure and equipment needs in disciplines not driven by instrument-dependent research.

Eligibility and Allowed Items

Eligibility is limited to faculty (tenure-track/tenured, research, clinical) on the West Lafayette campus in the following fields: anthropology, economics, education, humanities, liberal arts, libraries, management, social science and related disciplines. Applications should identify a single Principal Investigator, who must have depleted a majority of start-up funds to be eligible. See FAQs for additional information. An individual may submit only one application as Principal Investigator. An individual cannot receive as Principal Investigator more than two Tier 2 equipment grants within a five-year period.

Examples of allowable infrastructure needs include, but are not limited to, equipment, software, database access, access to special library collections, and additional types of research infrastructure that could be applied across multiple research projects. The purchase of office and instructional computers/equipment is not allowed. See FAQs for more information.

Program

The Non-laboratory Research Infrastructure and Equipment Program is a two-tiered program designed to support both small (less than $5,000) and large (up to $20,000) research infrastructure and equipment needs. The Tier 1 program is administered through the offices of the Associate Deans for Research, while the Tier 2 program is administered through the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. The program supports both single investigator and multi-investigator research and scholarship. The program is not a grants program for individual project support, but a program for resource and equipment acquisition that supports single or multiple projects.

Tier 1

Amount: requests are limited to $5,000 and below

Application and Submission Process

Applications for support through the Tier 1 program must be submitted to the college level Associate Dean for Research by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, October 2. Applications should be submitted directly to the office of the Associate Dean for Research and should not be submitted through the pre-award submission process. Funds must be spent or encumbered by May 31, 2019.

Tier 2

Amount: requests must fall within the $5,001 – to $20,000 range

Proposals that have a high potential to leverage this award to gain external recognition and/or funding will be given a high priority.

Application and Submission Process

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, October 2. Applications should be submitted through the InfoReady submission portal located at this location: https://purdue.infoready4.com/#manageCompetitionsDetail/1796087.

In order to apply via InfoReady, you will need to create your profile if you have not done so already. Please make sure to set "Purdue WL" as your primary organization; otherwise you will not be allowed to apply. Proposals should not be submitted through pre-award. Awarded funds must be spent or encumbered by May 31, 2020.

Application Instructions (Tier 1 and Tier 2 programs)

The application must use Arial 11-point font with 1.0 inch margins and follow the template addressed below. Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not meet these requirements may be returned without review.

Application Template: Download

Review Criteria

  • Impact – the impact the award will have on advancing the applicant’s research program
  • Need – the need for the equipment

Proposal Review and Recommendation

Tier 1 proposals initially will be reviewed and ranked by the Associate Dean for Research of the appropriate college. A committee composed of the Associate Deans for Research from colleges whose faculty submitted proposals will review and rank the proposals for recommendation to the EVPRP for final selection.

Tier 2 proposals will be reviewed by a faculty panel with representation from all colleges eligible for the program. Recommendations will be made to the EVPRP for final selection.

Post-Award and Reporting Requirements

Successful applicants are required to submit a brief final written report describing the impact the equipment/resource had on their research program and any funding, publications or other external recognitions that resulted from the award. Tier 1 funding recipients should submit the final report to the appropriate Associate Dean for Research by June 30, 2021. Tier 2 funding recipients should submit the final report to the EVPRP at ovprequipprogram@purdue.edu by June 30, 2021.

Contact Information

Questions about proposal submission should be directed to ovprequipprogram@purdue.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the purchase of computers/servers and related computing equipment allowed?
  • Office and instructional computers/equipment are not eligible for this program. However, computing equipment that is integral to an individual’s research program and largely dedicated to that purpose is allowed.
  • Is access to data sets eligible for this program?
  • Yes. Data sets that support the projects of multiple faculty are especially valuable.
  • What is meant by depleted a “majority of start-up funds” with respect to PI eligibility?
  • The program is intended for individuals who do not have access to start-up funds. However, in some instances a PI may be eligible if a small amount of residual start-up funds (generally less than 25% of the cost of the requested equipment) remains; the eligibility of the PI in these cases will be decided on an individual basis.

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