The Core/Shared Instrumentation Fund supports acquisition of shared instrumentation—including equipment, datasets, and repositories — that enables major research endeavors in the sciences, medicine and engineering and provides USC researchers with greater access to shared equipment and key resources.
The solicitation invites proposals from core facilities and USC faculty members for the acquisition of equipment, datasets, computing resources and repositories (existing or to be obtained) located in the PI’s laboratory. The fund is not intended for purchase of computers unless they are integrated with other types of instrumentation.
Awards under this program are made through a competitive peer-reviewed process. All equipment supported under this announcement must be made available to the entire university community and proposals must include a list of users/user base to be competitive.
This Request for Proposals is for USC faculty members and core laboratory directors:
- Type A: Proposal requesting funding for acquisition of equipment to be located at a core facility or PI lab.
- Type B: Proposal submitted by those seeking external funding where a match is required (e.g., NIH S10, NSF MRI, DoD DURIP).
All requests must be made in advance of equipment acquisition and in advance of submitting equipment proposals to external sponsors.
The Core/Shared Instrumentation Fund program will consider:
- Type A: requests of up to $300,000.
- Type B: requests of up to $200,000 for cost-share on equipment proposals submitted to external sponsors. Cost-share requests must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the external proposal due date to enable peer review and are required to obtain external funding at least equal to USC’s contribution for acquisition of equipment. All awards made for proposal cost-share are conditional and depend on success in receiving external support.
|Type A Deadline: 5pm, Monday, September 20, 2021|
Type B Deadline: Open; proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
View the RFP for full proposal requirements.