Slots: One. Moreover, institutions with C06 awards funded under the Biomedical Research Facility Program (FOAs PAR-19-128, PAR-20-086, or PAR-21-139) are not eligible to apply to this FOA, provided the awards are active on the receipt date for this FOA (March 15, 2022). Thus, only one C06 Biomedical Research Facility active award per institution would be allowed at any given time.
Internal Deadline: Friday, January 21st, 2022, 5pm PT
LOI: February 15, 2022
External Deadline: March 15, 2022
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH construction appropriation and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Anticipated Award Amount: The maximum award budget is $8,000,000. Applications with a budget less than $3,000,000 will not be considered.
Who May Serve as PI: The PD/PI should hold appropriate stature within the institutional administration structure and be able to oversee various facets of the entire construction/modernization project. The PD/PI should also demonstrate his/her leadership skills to recruit and guide expert Key Personnel with complementary scientific and technical skills to successfully plan, design, and accomplish the construction project.
Link to Award: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-22-088.html
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://orif.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites qualified institutions of higher education and research organizations to seek funding to modernize and improve existing shared-use research facilities (e.g., core laboratory space or animal facilities), or to construct new biomedical research space and furnish it with necessary casework or other fixed equipment (subject to requirements described below under Funding Restrictions). The objective of this FOA is to support the development of modern facilities that will enable and enhance the conduct of cutting-edge biomedical research. Any facility supported by this FOA must serve a broad research community, locally at the applicant institution or regionally.
NIH recognizes that modern physical infrastructure is necessary for the conduct of cutting-edge research. As science progresses and new technologies become available, dedicated space is required to house specialized equipment and to carry out novel experimental protocols. Projects will vary and depend on the present institutional infrastructure and long-term institutional strategic plans. Focusing on the advancement of science through the modernization of physical space will be a common and integral feature of all proposed projects. When completed, construction/modernization projects will have a significant institution-wide impact, bringing the research capacities and capabilities to a new level. An institution may request funds to modernize a core facility to create an environment required for research-driven specialized technological services. Likewise, funds may be requested to consolidate space for an institution-wide core which would provide streamlined workflows for contemporary multi-disciplinary investigations. Modernizing laboratory space used on a shared basis to meet the growing needs consistent with an institutional strategic vision for biomedical research is another example of a suitable request. A successful construction/modernization project will serve research teams and a broad range of research efforts. Laboratory space dedicated to an individual PI and their immediate laboratory is not supported under this FOA.
Various factors are typically considered when developing or modernizing research infrastructure. For applications submitted to this FOA, defined research needs will drive the requests for modern engineering solutions. As science progresses and new technologies become available, required dedicated space must comply with relevant technical specifications to provide a well-controlled environment, to enable novel experimental approaches, and to house specialized equipment. It is encouraged that these new spaces adhere to the highest possible standards of green design engineering and operations.
Modern physical infrastructure requires the implementation of advanced engineering designs. Some protocols may only be conducted in designated clean rooms, such as barrier facilities for pathogen-free research or space for synthesis of compounds meeting standards for human subject experiments. Certain equipment requires specially shielded rooms or rigorous control of environmental variables such as temperature or humidity. The shared space also needs to be adequately maintained to serve its desired function over the years. The formal structure of an institutional core typically offers effective oversight to ensure that the required engineering standards of a space it occupies are met and maintained over time. Also, such centralized facilities are organized to provide rigorous scientific support for the conduct of research.
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