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Feb. 1

Aug. 1

Awards will typically be between $10,000 and $200,000. NOTE: This amount includes a 50% match from the participating unit(s). Waiving of this cost share match will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Alicia Adelman
abadelma[at]indiana [dot] edu   
(812) 855-8913

Jeffrey Zaleski, AVP for Sciences
zaleski[at]indiana [dot] edu

Objective

The Research Equipment Fund supports the purchase or development of research equipment to be used by groups of investigators, working together or separately, on innovative projects that already have or have the potential for sustainable external support. Investigators may derive from a focused research network or may be programmatically unrelated and originate from different academic units or schools across the campus. Eligible projects must demonstrate how the equipment enhancement will benefit the research proponents with respect to scholarship and external funding portfolios, as well as indicate how it will augment the IU Bloomington campus research profile. It is expected that all proposals carry a 50% match from the participating unit(s). Waiving of this cost share match will be considered under exceptional circumstances. All funds must be spent within six months of the award date.

Submission Deadlines to OVPR and Funding Periods

 

Submission Deadline
to OVPR, 5 pm
Funding Period
Begin Date
Funding Period
End Date
February 1 April 1 September 30
August 1 October 1 March 31

 

Eligibility

The request for funds to purchase equipment or development of equipment must enable:

Eligible Projects

  • Research projects from a group of faculty requiring the purchase of equipment or development of specific instrumentation that will enhance the capability of IU Bloomington investigators to build and maintain novel fields of sustainable inquiry.
  • Projects with specific equipment needs by researchers in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • Collaborative endeavors that involve use of the equipment by faculty between disciplines and across schools. 

Ineligible Projects

  • Projects requesting consumable supplies or FTE support
  • Activities focused on the development of instructional equipment for academic programs
  • Proposals from commercial, industrial, and other for-profit entities

Eligible PIs

  • All tenured and tenure‐eligible faculty members at IU Bloomington
  • Research scientists and center directors at IU Bloomington
  • Medical Sciences faculty at IU Bloomington

Ineligible PIs

  • Visiting and adjunct faculty members
  • Staff scientists (support‐oriented positions) and postdoctoral research associates
  • PIs with outstanding final grant reports from previously OVPR-funded projects

Budget

Allowed

  • Funds for equipment purchased or constructed as part of a research program, facility, or center.
  • Service or custom installation costs (within 6 months) are permissible on equipment purchased via the REF contribution.

Not allowed

  • Academic year or summer salaries (including sabbatical leave)
  • Funding for students or postdocs
  • IU faculty or staff as paid consultants
  • Service contracts for existing equipment or contracts that extend beyond 6 months
  • Travel to conferences
  • Course release funds
  • Compensation for collaborators from other IU campuses or institutions

Funding Duration

  • Budgets should be one‐time amounts to be expended over a maximum of six months.
  • The REF program does not provide multiple-year awards or renewals.

Award Amount

  • Awards will typically be between $10k and $200k.This amount includes a 50% match from the participating unit(s). Waiving of this cost share match will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Matching Funds

  • All REF support is expected to contain a cost-sharing arrangement between OVPR (maximum of 50%) and the faculty member’s home department, college, and/or school (minimum of 50%). Waiving of this cost share match will be considered under exceptional circumstances. Variations of this matching structure will be considered on a case-by-case basis.