Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program

SIFAR Pre-submission Process

The Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-funded investigators to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Applicants may request clusters of commercially available instruments configured as specialized integrated systems or as series of instruments to support a thematic well-defined area of research using animals or related materials. Priority will be given to uniquely configured systems to support innovative and potentially transformative investigations.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports requests for state-of-the art commercially available technologies needed for NIH-funded research using any vertebrate and invertebrate animal species. This FOA does not support requests for single instruments. At least one item of the requested instrumentation must cost at least $50,000, after all applicable discounts. No instrument in a cluster can cost less than $20,000, after all applicable discounts. There is no maximum price requirement; however, the maximum award is $750,000.

The office of the Associate Dean for Research, BUSM will facilitate an internal SIFAR pre-submission process to foster collaborative proposals and increase the success rate for the University. This pre-submission process requires that applicants fill out an online form designed to inform Dr. Antman, BUSM Dean and BUMC Provost of your interest in applying for the Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program.

This process is not intended to prevent submission of applications, but to recognize that when multiple applications are being submitted, it may not be possible to centrally support all of them at a competitive level from the Provost’s or the Deans’ resources, providing the opportunity to identify alternative sources of funding.

If you are considering submitting a SIFAR grant for review please fill out the online form below. The internal submission for the 2019 SIFAR Grant Program deadline university-wide is Monday, March 25.

2019 Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Pre-Submission Proposal

Please complete SIFAR Grant Proposal form to be reviewed by the BU Core Advisory Committee for internal coordination and approval for submission.
  • Please indicate skills needed to operate instrument and if technical personnel are available or will need to be hired.
  • Size if isolated space is needed. ventilation, HVAC, power, etc.
  • (Please describe and include estimated $ amount.)
  • Please describe and include estimated $ amount.
  • Medical Campus Provost