Restricted funding opportunity – NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program FY19

March 12, 2019 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The VP for Research has announced the launch of the NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program Opportunity FY2019 competition.

There is no limit on how many applications UVA may submit to this opportunity; however, applications must be for distinct instruments. PIs intending to submit a proposal to this program must provide the following information through this application system:  PI name, email address, and a brief abstract/description of the equipment that will be requested in the proposal.

School of Medicine investigators wishing to apply should discuss their proposal with Dr. Margaret Shupnik before submitting to the VPR, as such purchases usually require at least some institutional support.

Click on View competition. You will login to the system using NetBadge. If the PI is submitting the proposal, the PI’s name and email will already be filled in. If you are submitting the proposal on behalf of the PI, please fill in the PI’s name and email address (use the PI’s UVA ID, not an email alias). Enter the proposal title and a brief description of the equipment that will be requested in the Abstract text box. This information must be received by 5PM April 4, 2019.

An individual may only submit one application; please do not submit your proposal package until your final version is ready. If you submit a version of your proposal that is not your final version, or if you need to submit proposals on behalf of multiple applicants, please email for assistance.



To provide for the purchase or upgrade of a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $50,000.

Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to:

  • X-ray diffractometers
  • mass and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers,
  • DNA and protein sequencers,
  • biosensors,
  • electron and light microscopes,
  • cell sorters, and
  • biomedical imagers.

Applications for “stand alone” computer systems (supercomputers, computer clusters and data storage systems) will only be considered if the instrument is solely dedicated to the research needs of NIH-supported investigators.


  • A Major User group of three or more investigators who are Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PDs/PIs) on three distinct active NIH research grants with activity codes of R01, DP1, DP2, P01, P50, R37, and U01, must be identified. Once this eligibility requirement has been met, additional users with active NIH research grants can be added as Major or Minor Users.
  • Major Users should have substantial interests in and needs for the instrument.
  • PDs/PIs of NIH training grants and contracts are not eligible to be Major or Minor Users, solely based on such funding.
  • Investigators with funding from sources such as other federal agencies (e.g., NSF, DoE, DoD), private foundations or academic institutions can be added as Major or Minor Users provided they are engaged in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical/behavioral research.
  • To demonstrate the clear need for the requested instrument, the projects supported by NIH research grants should together require at least 75 percent of the Accessible User Time (AUT)
  • Major Users can be researchers within the same department or from several departments, divisions or schools at the applicant institution, or from nearby or regional institutions.


  • A single, commercially available instrument or integrated system which costs at least $50,000; there is no upper limit on the cost of the instrument, but the maximum award is $600,000.
  • Awards are made for one year and for direct cost of the instrument, only.

Additionally, there is an increased level of post-award instrument-usage reporting required with any new S10 award.

Limited Submission Process and Review

To sign up for direct email alerts for all limited submission opportunities, send an email to with the word subscribe as the only word in the Subject heading (do not use capital letters or other punctuation in the Subject heading).

For a comprehensive list of faculty awards, please visit:

More information on the limited submission review process can be found here:, and in the documents found therein. To summarize, reviewers for individual limited submission opportunities are drawn from a standing committee of tenured faculty members who are nominated by the Schools and appointed by the VPR. Ad hoc committee members may also be invited to serve on specific panels based on their subject expertise and/or their experience with a particular sponsor or program. The internal review committee provides critical reviews of internal pre-proposals and makes recommendations for the pre-proposals that should go forward for external submission. The VPR office follows the best practice of many foundations and agencies and does not disclose the names of individual reviewers who contribute to a specific review panel. The limited submission team notifies individual internal applicants of their pre-proposal review results via email. The limited submission team notifies the Department, School, and Office of Sponsored Programs of the proposal(s) that will go forward for external submission via email.


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