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Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

OVPR COVID19 Rapid Response Grants

The primary focus of the RFA is to fund research that informs near real-time decision making for professionals tasked with making operational response decisions.

Award Amount: $5,000 - $10,000. Funding available starting March 19, 2020.

OACA COVID19 Rapid Response Grants

The primary focus of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant RFA is to fund clinical research but all forms of research will be given full consideration.

Award Amount: $5,000 - $10,000. Funding available starting March 13, 2020.

Additional COVID-19 funding opportunities can be found by visiting the University COVID Action Network Funding page.

OVPR Funding: Grant-in-Aid Program

Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry & Scholarship Program

Administered through the Office of Vice President for Research, Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution. Note that these funds are used to support independent research. In most cases grants are not meant to provide sole support for research activities, but instead to act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding.

For more information on the OVPR Grant-in-Aid Program please visit their webpage.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - imaging Scientists

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications for five-year grants to support the work of Imaging Scientists employed in imaging core facilities at non-profit universities or research institutes across the world.

Learn more about this opportunity.

NSF - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the Nation's scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation. The MRI Program enables research-intensive learning environments that promote the development of a diverse workforce and next generation instrumentation, as well as facilitates academic/private sector partnerships.

Learn more about the NSF MRI funding opportunities.

MRI Program Goals

  • Supporting the acquisition of major state-of-the-art instrumentation, thereby improving access to, and increased use of, modern research and research training instrumentation by a diverse workforce of scientists, engineers, and graduate and undergraduate students;
  • Fostering the development of the next generation of instrumentation, resulting in new instruments that are more widely used, and/or open up new areas of research and research training;
  • Enabling academic departments, disciplinary and cross-disciplinary units, and multi-organization collaborations to create well-equipped research environments that integrate research with research training;
  • Supporting the acquisition and development of instrumentation that contributes to, or takes advantage of, existing investments in cyberinfrastructure, while avoiding duplication of services already provisioned by NSF investments;
  • Promoting substantive and meaningful partnerships for instrument development between the academic and private sectors. Such partnerships have the potential to build capacity for instrument development in academic settings and to create new products with wide scientific and commercial impact.

NIH - Shared Instrumentation Grant Program

ORIP's S10 Instrumentation Grant Programs support purchases of state-of-the-art commercially available instruments to enhance research of NIH–funded investigators. Instruments that are awarded are typically too expensive to be obtained by an individual investigator with a research project grant. Every instrument awarded by an S10 grant is used on a shared basis, which makes the programs cost-efficient and beneficial to thousands of investigators in hundreds of institutions nationwide.

Learn more about the NIH S10 Instrumentation Programs