Instrumentation Programs

These programs provide funding for groups of researchers to purchase, or in some instances develop, shared instruments that will enable science and engineering research activities that are likely to result in new discoveries, advances or capabilities in the represented fields.

NIH Instrumentation Programs

AMOUNT: $750K - 1M

PERIOD: 1 Year


LIMIT:  None - Multiple proposals for the same type of instrument not permitted.


The objective of the High-End Shared Instrument Grant (HEI) program is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical/behavioral research. The HEI program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. An integrated instrumentation system is one in which the components, when used in conjunction with one another, perform a function that no single component could provide. The components must be dedicated to the system and not used independently.

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AMOUNT: Up to $500k

PERIOD: 1 Year


LIMIT:  None - Multiple proposals for the same type of instrument not permitted.

FREQUENCY: Annually.

The 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 instruments or integrated systems. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers.

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NSF Instrumentation Programs

AMOUNT: $100K - 4M total

PERIOD:  3 - 5 Years

DEADLINE:  January



The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.

AMOUNT: $2M - 10M total

PERIOD: 4 Years




Themes change for this program each year.  Generally the focus is on ensuring that the science and engineering community has ready access to the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities required to tackle the most complex problems and issues facing today's scientific and educational communities. To accomplish these goals requires advanced computational capabilities within the context of a multilevel comprehensive and innovative infrastructure that benefits all fields of science and engineering.

DOD Instrumentation Programs

Proposal deadline: Anticipated August 2017

Frequency: Annual

Funding: $50k - $1.5M

Limit: None

Synopsis: The DoD supports basic research in science and engineering with the aim of gaining early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.  The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) provides funds for the acquisition of major equipment to augment current or develop new research capabilities to support research in the technical areas of interest to the DoD, including areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

Please note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a program officer in the relevant agency (ARO, ONR or AFOSR) before submitting a proposal to DoD.  Proposals submitted without prior contact with program officers are rarely successful.  

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DOE Instrumentation Programs

There are no DOE Instrumentation Programs available at this time.