MicroscopeThe Office of Research has established an annual grants program to purchase capital equipment to support and advance research and/or 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.

Key elements of this program to keep in mind are:

  1. This program can only be used to purchase capital equipment, which is defined as a stand-alone piece of equipment with a cost greater than $5,000 and a useful life of more than one year.
  2. The program does not support the purchase of vehicles; however, small off-road vehicles (e.g., ATVs, UTVs, SxSs) are allowed.
  3. Equipment purchased through the program should have a primary function to support research and/or creative activities, but it can also be used to support student training. Equipment for educational purposes is not supported.
  4. The purchase of high-performance computing nodes will not be supported at this time.
  5. 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 (funding priority is typically given to equipment purchases that benefit multiple faculty).
  2. Expected impact of the purchase on research and/or creative activity productivity.
  3. Uniqueness of need.
  4. Level of support that will be provided to ensure effective use of the equipment.

Application

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

Outline

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

If purchase is to replace outdated or non-functional equipment, additional details are required

Describe how the purchase of the proposed equipment will support and advance research and/or creative activity and prospects for new external funding

Attach a recent cost estimate/quote

Identify the total amount provided by the primary requester and additional funding 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/additional funding contributor(s) will need to cover the additional cost.

Identify the primary requester for the piece of equipment:

  • Name
  • A-number
  • Email
  • Position
  • 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)
  • Indication whether primary requester has Office of Research start-up funding

Identify how many additional funding contributors to the cost of the equipment there are:

  • Name
  • A-number
  • Email
  • Position
  • 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)
  • Indication whether additional funding contributor(s) have Office of Research start-up funding

Form can accommodate up to six additional funding contributors. If more are needed, please attach a separate document containing the above information in the Supporting Documentation section of the form.

Provide details regarding the faculty who will use the proposed equipment (funding priority is typically given to equipment that benefits multiple faculty)

Describe the anticipated frequency of use for the proposed equipment

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

Identify whether other users will be able to access the proposed equipment; if yes, describe how accessibility and use by others (internal and external to USU) will be managed

Attach documentation, images, etc. (additional funding contributors, other equipment information, etc.) to support the purchase of the proposed equipment

Identify if there is a plan to staff and/or maintain the proposed equipment

If yes, identify the individual who will be responsible for staffing and/or maintenance of the proposed equipment:

  • Name
  • A-number
  • Email
  • Position
  • College and department affiliation
  • Identify whether equipment maintenance is currently part of this person’s official role

Form

The application period for the FY21 Capital Equipment Grant Program is now closed.