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Funding Opportunities

ROLLING: The Tools and Technology Funding Program

The TnT Program funds upgrade and equipment purchases for existing cores, the purchase of shared equipment made available within departments, and the start-up costs for new core facilities. The TnT Faculty Advisory Committee works closely with departments and department leadership to identify future funding needs. Proposals for applying for TnT funds are considered on a rolling basis by the TnT Faculty Advisory Committee and can be submitted at any time. Proposals should be formatted and submitted following these guidelines:

Click HERE for the TnT Call for Proposals.

ROLLING: NIH - Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) High Throughput Genotyping and Sequencing Resource Access (X01)

With the continued advances in our ability to detect human genetic variation, there is great interest in applying state-of-the-art technology to find genetic elements important in human health and disease. For many studies this requires high-throughput genotyping technologies that cannot be efficiently carried out in individual investigator laboratories. CIDR fulfills this need for many kinds of projects including whole genome association studies (GWAS); gene searches using next-generation sequencing technology and high-throughput custom genotyping. 

This FOA is to provide access to full-service high-throughput genotyping, sequencing or other genetic tools to aid the discovery of genetic elements important in health and disease. A particular focus will be on services that are not readily available in individual investigator laboratories.  

Applications are received via continuous receipt and will be reviewed via an expedited process.

Find out more HERE.

OPEN: NIH - NIGMS Program of Administrative Supplements for Equipment (Admin Supp)

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announces the availability of funds for Administrative Supplements to NIGMS-funded R01, R37, P01, and U01 grants. These funds are intended for the purchase of single pieces of equipment whose requested direct costs are between $50,000 and $250,000. Equipment in this price range is often difficult to purchase under the parent grant. Two or more NIGMS grantees at the same institution with similar equipment needs are encouraged to submit separate requests (each between $50,000 and $250,000) that cross-reference each other. It is expected that the amount of funds requested for such joint purchases will reflect the actual proportion of the time that the shared equipment would be used by each PI. NIGMS encourages requests that reflect institutional commitment.

Application Due Date: March 3, 2015*
There is no limit on the number of applications, but applications from the same institution that request similar equipment are encouraged to cross-reference eachother. If you plan on submitting an application, please send a brief summary of your proposal to Judith Glaven ( for coordination with the provost’s office.

Find out more HERE.

OPEN: NIH - Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)

The ORIP Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated system that costs at least $100,000. The maximum award is $600,000. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to, confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell-sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers among others.

Application Due Date: May 29, 2015*
There is no limit on the number of applications, but applications must request different types of equipment. If you plan on submitting an application, please send a brief summary of your proposal to Judith Glaven ( for coordination with the provost's office.

Find out more HERE.


OPEN: Limited Submission: NIH - Developing and Improving Institutional Animal Resources (G20)

This FOA encourages applications from biomedical research institutions that propose to renovate, repair, or improve individual animal resources. The major objective of this program is to upgrade animal facilities to support the conduct of biomedical and/or behavioral research. Support can be requested to alter and renovate (A&R) the animal facilities, as well as to improve the animal care equipment in the facility. It is expected that all award funds will be expended expeditiously and that applicants will consider the use of sustainable design technologies and design approaches.

Application Due Date: August 3, 2015*
*This is a limited submission opportunity. If you plan on applying, please submit a brief notice of intent to and copy Please include: PI name, HMS Department, limited submission opportunity of interest, brief (1-2 sentence) description of proposed project/area of interest.

Find out more HERE.

OPEN: NSF - Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI)

The Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance- or transform- research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation.

Application Due Date: August 11, 2015

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CLOSED: Limited Submission: NSF - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments.

Internal Deadline (PAST): November 5, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: January 22, 2015

*The sponsor deadline for the next funding cycle is January 13, 2016. Please look for the announcement and internal deadline in the Fall of 2015. If you plan on submitting a proposal and have any questions email Judith Glaven (

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CLOSED: NIH - High-End Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)

The ORIP High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase a single major item of equipment to be used for biomedical research that costs at least $750,000. The maximum award is $2,000,000. Instruments in this category include, but are not limited to, biomedical imaging systems, NMR spectrometers, mass spectrometers, electron microscopes and supercomputers.

Application Due Date (PAST): September 13, 2013

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CLOSED: NIH - Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications (R21)

The primary intent of this FOA is to stimulate the development of instrumentation for biomedical research that will support achievement of biomedical breakthroughs. Applications that are high risk but have potential for considerable payoff are encouraged. NIGMS solicits innovative applications focused on the development of new or improved instrumentation. Projects should propose tools that can be used by a wide range of biomedical or clinical researchers. The overall objective should be the development of more powerful and more precise technology with broad applicability to biomedical research.

Application Due Date (PAST): November 1, 2013

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CLOSED: Limited Submission: MLSC Capital Program

The Capital Program  provides grants for capital projects that enable and support life sciences workforce development and training, research and development, commercialization and/or manufacturing in Massachusetts.  Applicants are academic organizations, research institutions, research hospitals, business incubators and other non-profit organizations. MLSC recognizes that investment in capital projects and infrastructure is required to create and sustain the attributes that make Massachusetts attractive to innovation clusters such as life sciences. This program is designed to help fund high potential economic development projects that promise to make a significant contribution to the state’s life sciences ecosystem.

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To support and stimulate the development and dissemination of tools and technologies to ensure that HMS maintains world leadership in critical areas of biomedical research.