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Funds available for enhancing research with new equipment

The CBS Dean's Office will be awarding $350,000 for the purchase of equipment that enhances the research capacity of CBS investigators. Funds can be used to purchase either new equipment or auxiliary components to augment existing CBS equipment, as well as digital or cloud-based equipment, e.g. new analytical software. 

Faculty and research staff in any CBS department (even with a primary appointment in another college) as well as staff at CBS-affiliated field stations are invited to apply. Either single- or multi-investigator applications are welcomed. Funding for personnel salary/fringe users to support equipment will not be considered, although funding can be awarded for researcher use of the UMN core facilities. 

Applications are due October 15, 2022. Notifications will be made by November 14.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form via the link below. Details about what to include in the proposal are outlined in the application. 
  2. Uploaded a project proposal into your application. Project proposals must be less than three pages in length.



Award amounts: Grants will be awarded at three different tier levels as described below:

  • Tier 1 - $1-5,000: ~20 awards totaling $50,000
  • Tier 2 - $5,001-25,000: ~6 awards totaling $100,000
  • Tier 3 - $25,001-75,000: ~6 awards totaling $200,000

*Proposals for >$75,000 are welcomed; applications of this type must fully elucidate how the funding will significantly impact the CBS community.

Timeline: Equipment purchases must be made during this fiscal year (deadline of June 30, 2023). Funding can be requested for equipment servicing, although funds will only be available for costs encumbered through the 2023-2024 academic year.

Questions about the CBS infrastructure grant can be sent to CBS Associate Dean of Research, Peter Kennedy:

Snapshot of Existing CBS Equipment infrastructure:
CBS currently has over 1,000 pieces of capital equipment in the $2,500-$50,000 cost range. The average cost for a piece of equipment in this category is $14,250. Common examples of equipment in this category include: growth chambers/incubators, biosafety cabinets, microscopes, microplate readers, centrifuges, freezers, shakers, thermocyclers, spectrophotometers/fluorometers, imaging stations, water purifiers, and ultracentrifuges. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about their research needs and how this funding can be used to catalyze new opportunities.

September, 2022