The University of Arizona

Core Facilities Pilot Program

Award Cycle: Quarterly
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one Core Facilities Pilot Program (CFPP) proposal per cycle. 
Limit on Awards per PI: An individual may not have more than two active CFPP awards at a given time.
Proposal Due Dates: First University of Arizona business day of April, July, October and January
     Next Deadline is October 1, 2019
     No LOI is required for this Research Advancement Grant
Earliest Start Date: Three weeks after quarterly due date
Award Period: One year from award date; extensions will not be granted
Applications: Opens August 12, 2019; Accepted through UA Competition Space 

Description: New in FY19, the CFPP is designed to support three key types of activity within the RDI-managed core facilities. Each CFPP proposal will be evaluated on scientific merit and feasibility, and should focus on one or more of the following activity types:

  1. The development of new methods or techniques that would extend the standard operating procedures and capabilities of RDI-managed core facilities and potentially impact multiple UA researchers. Successful projects will result in new methods or techniques which will be disseminated to the UA research community via the core’s website, and be incorporated into the core’s standard operating procedures and capabilities.
  2. The acquisition of preliminary data needed for extramural proposals. Successful projects will result in at least one new extramural research proposal. PIs must note the specific extramural funding opportunity announcement for which they plan to submit and their anticipated submission date along with their CFPP application.  A full justification of the anticipated studies is required.
  3. The technical training of students conducting research under existing extramural funding. Successful projects will result in student researchers with the technical skills to safely, efficiently and independently operate equipment within the core facility(ies). PIs should note the student(s) to be trained, the core(s) in which they will be trained, the equipment on which they are to be trained, and the funding source under which the student’s research project is funded.

PIs should request funding commensurate with the resources (in general, this includes time at the facilities) necessary to complete the aims of their proposal and the rates for those resources within the relevant core facility(ies). Most awards will be capped at approximately $10,000, although well-justified projects may be awarded funding above this level. It is strongly advised that CFPP proposals and their budgets be developed with the assistance of the relevant core facility manager(s). Funding provided under the CFPP may only be spent within RDI-managed core facilities (see list of eligible facilities below).

List of eligible facilities:

  1. Analytical and Biological Mass Spectrometry
  2. Cryogenics & Compressed Gas Facility
  3. Flow Cytometry Shared Resource
  4. Functional Genomics Core
  5. Imaging Core Kuiper
  6. Imaging Core Life Sciences North
  7. Imaging Core Marley
  8. Machine and Welding Center
  9. Micro/Nano Fabrication Center
  10. Translational Bioimaging Resource (Clinical MRI, Small Animal MRI, High Resolution Ultrasound)
  11. University of Arizona Genetics Core
  12. BIO5 Genetically Engineered Mouse Models (GEMM) Core (Available as of 06/13/2019) 

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RDI Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG) - v3. The PPG includes requirements for the project narrative and supplemental documents; it is strongly encouraged that interested applicants read the PPG in full as proposals that do not match the PPG will be returned without review.

Solicitation Specific Information:

Budget: Only use of one of the Core Facilities listed above should be included in the proposal budget. Student support, additional supplies, etc., are not eligible expenses for this grant.

Review: Review of the Core Facilities Pilot Program grants will be conducted in an expedited manner and may consist of review by one or more members of the RDI-managed core facility’s advisory committee members. Unlike other Research Advancement Grants, limited or no feedback will be provided to applicants of the Core Facilities Pilot Program.

Originally Posted April 16, 2019, updated August 12, 2019