Funding Opportunities

Research Cores Supplemental Funding Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the goal of this program and who does it target?
    • It is clear that the university-level research cores at Purdue face challenges to maintain existing equipment and to either upgrade existing or acquire new equipment to match the latest scientific and technological advances in the technologies and capabilities they offer to their users. Some of the costs of meeting these challenges can be addressed through the recharge rates in place for core services or, for significant capital equipment needs, through federally funded major equipment grants. However, a significant need exists to augment these sources with internal funds to fill these gaps.
  • What is the total investment in this program?
    • Up to $250K has been committed to this program for FY 2013-14.
  • Do proposals have to go through the pre-award process?
    • No
  • Can funds be used to pay installation costs?
    • Yes, as long as the equipment and installation costs do not exceed $100,000.
  • Is the acquisition of equipment that costs more than $100,000 eligible, if other funds to make up the difference are identified?
    • In general, proposals over $100,000 are eligible for various federal equipment programs and therefore equipment over $100,000 would not be included in this program.
  • Why are only university-level research core facilities eligible for this program?
    • Since OVPR funding will be provided, it is appropriate for this program to support research cores that serve users from multiple academic units, centers and organizations on campus. A complementary program that targets the non-core laboratories of individual PI’s is currently open (see Laboratory Research Equipment Program – proposals due September 10, 2013).
  • Will this program be repeated in the future?
    • Our goal is to be able to offer the program in the future, but there is no guarantee.
  • Are Cores limited to one proposal for this funding program?
    • A university-level research core may submit more than one proposal for this program. Cores are encouraged to submit proposals for each separable, stand-alone repair, update and/or upgrade need that falls within the constraints of this program. Proposals should not bundle needs that are not very strongly interdependent or that can be readily separated.
  • How should a manufacturer's price quotation be included in the proposal?
    • Include only the relevant amount(s) from the manufacturer’s price quote in the budget for the proposal and put the full quote materials in an appendix. That way a lengthy quote won’t count towards the five-page limit.
  • Are leasing options for equipment allowed?
    • Proposals utilizing a leasing mechanism will be considered.
  • Is the acquisition of equipment that costs more than $100,000 eligible, if other funds to make up the difference are identified?
    • In general, proposals over $100,000 are eligible for various federal equipment programs and therefore equipment over $100,000 would not be included in this program.
  • Is the acquisition of equipment that costs more than $100,000 eligible, if other funds to make up the difference are identified?
    • The $100K limit applies to OVPR support. Projects costing over $100,000 can be selected if sources for the costs in excess of $100K are identified. These sources should be well-informed and prepared to make solid commitments within a few weeks of project selection, but commitments need not be locked in prior to submission.

      This provision is intended primarily to enable project plans that achieve significantly improved results through costs slightly larger than the $100K limit or are possible only if the limit is slightly exceeded.

      Note that projects costing more than $100K are typically eligible for federal programs. Thus if the cost is much greater than $100K, the proposal should address project-specific issues related to external funding. What attempts have been made to garner external support? Are there barriers that prevent external support? Why is it essential to seek internal support?
  • Can funds be used to pay installation and minor remodeling costs?
    • Yes, but the program is not intended to support renovation as a primary purpose/outcome. Remodeling should be minimal and limited to what is necessary to support installation and use of new instruments, technologies, etc.