MicroscopeThe Office of Research has established an annual grants program to purchase capital equipment to support research and creative activities at USU. This program receives an allocation from the recovered F&A pool, and requires a 1:1 match from applicants.

Applications may be submitted by individuals or teams of USU researchers, departments, or by colleges.

Three key elements of this program to keep in mind include:

  1. This program can only be used to purchase capital equipment, which is defined by a unit cost of at least $5,000 (the program does not support the purchase of vehicles).
  2. Because it is supported by recovered indirect cost dollars, equipment purchased through the program should have a primary function to support research or creative activities, but it can also be used to support student training.
  3. The match requirement can only be met with cash commitments, but the source of those funds does not matter with two exceptions: a) they are not restricted by some other agency or entity; or b) they are not Office of Research funds such as start up or seed grant monies.

If your application includes matching funds from the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UAES), please be aware that USDA now requires prior approval for all capital equipment costing $5,000 or more. UAES anticipates there will be a delay of at least 30 days after decisions are made before equipment can be purchased, so please be sure to coordinate with UAES before submitting this request.

Applications will be reviewed by an internal panel comprised of college associate deans for research and Office of Research staff. Merit review of applications will be based on:

  1. Projected level of faculty use (priority will be given to equipment purchases that benefit multiple faculty researchers).
  2. Expected impact of the purchase on research productivity.
  3. Uniqueness of need.
  4. Level of support that will be provided to ensure effective use of the equipment.

Application Outline

Please review the application outline below to prepare the information requested on the form. The completed form serves as your Capital Equipment Grant Program application.

Identify equipment type, make, and model and the proposed source.

Attach a recent cost estimate/quote.

Identify the total amount provided by the primary requester and other contributor(s) toward the proposed equipment purchase (must equal at least half of the cost estimate).

Identify the total amount requested from the Office of Research toward the proposed equipment purchase (cannot be more than half of the cost estimate).

NOTE: Awards will not exceed the requested amount. If the proposed equipment purchase price ends up higher than the requested amount, the primary requester/other contributor(s) will need to cover the additional cost.

Identify the primary requester for the piece of equipment:

  • Name
  • A-number
  • Email
  • Title
  • College and department affiliation
  • Dollar amount contributed toward proposed equipment purchase, including source account index number(s) (contribution amount can be supplied via multiple index numbers, if necessary)
  • If you currently have new faculty start-up funding, you will need to attach your approved budget

Identify how many contributors to the cost of the equipment there are (a contributor is an individual who will be contributing funds toward the purchase of the proposed equipment):

  • Name
  • A-number
  • Email
  • Title
  • College and department affiliation
  • Dollar amount contributed toward proposed equipment purchase, including source account index number(s) (contribution amount can be supplied via multiple index numbers, if necessary)

Form can accommodate up to four contributors. If more are needed, please attach a separate document containing the above information in the supporting documents section of the form.

Describe where the nearest accessible piece of similar equipment is located and, if known, the fee structure for its use.

Describe the anticipated frequency of use for the proposed equipment.

Provide specific details regarding other primary users (faculty members) who will use this equipment (priority will be given to equipment that benefits multiple faculty researchers).

Describe how the purchase of the proposed equipment will advance research/creative activity and prospects for new external funding for you and other USU researchers.

Attach supporting documents, images, etc. (additional contributors, other equipment information, etc.). Up to five documents can be attached. If more are needed, please contact Jeri Hansen, Director of Research Development, at 797-3437 or jerilyn.hansen@usu.edu.

Identify whether other users will be able to access the proposed equipment (yes/no).

Identify if there is a plan to staff and/or maintain the proposed equipment (yes/no).

Identify the individual who will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the proposed equipment:

  • Name
  • A-number
  • Email
  • Title
  • College and department affiliation

Capital Equipment Grant Application Form

Capital Equipment Grant applications for 2020 will be accepted March 18 – April 15. Click here to go to the application form.