The University of Arizona

Equipment Enhancement Fund


Award Cycle: Annual
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one EEF per cycle.
Next Anticipated Due Date: A new solicitation is under development and planned for release Fall of 2020
Award Period: Instruments must be purchased and received by June 30, 2021
Applications: This program is not currently accepting applications

FY20 Description for Reference: 

These grants are designed to add or augment research capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators in shared facilities or approved university core facilities.

The proposed equipment must be located in an approved UA core facility or in a shared, accessible space, and must have multiple committed users from at least two departments and preferably, from at least two different colleges. Equipment must add new capacity or refresh existing capacity to enable competitiveness for new, clearly identified extramural funding opportunities. RII expects to make awards depending upon competitiveness of the proposals and availability of funds.

Equipment is expected to be located in, and administrated by, an approved core facility and operated by existing professional core facility personnel. In extremely well justified cases, equipment may be purchased for a shared facility. Investigators should request approximately $50,000 in equipment, although in well justified cases support of up to $100,000 is available.

For all equipment proposed for placement within an approved UA core facility, an additional $30,000 in UA core facility use credits may be requested to stimulate use; core facility use credits may only be used to cover approved user fees in the UA core facility.

Investigators should make a compelling case for how the acquisition of this equipment will enhance the capabilities of the core or shared use facility, how this acquisition enhances research capacity across departmental and college boundaries, and how this acquisition increases competitiveness for new extramural funding, for both individual PIs, or groups of PIs.

Funding is available for proposals focused in the Improving Health and Water Energy & Environmental Solutions TRIF initiatives (see the Proposal Preparation Guide below).

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RII Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG) v4. 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 below supersedes information presented in the PPG.

Solicitation Specific Requirements:
1. Proposal Preparation:

a. Project Narrative Sections should include:

i. Description of the proposed equipment, including the added capacity to UA’s existing equipment
ii. Relationship to other existing core facilities or shared equipment resources
iii. Description of how the equipment will be operated and maintained
iv. Identification and justification of at least one extramural funding opportunity. Give the grant/program title, funder name, submission deadline, and funders’ priorities.

b. Supplemental Documents:

i. Table of users with their departmental and college affiliation; a minimum of three users is required.
ii. One-page business plan for the long-term sustainability of the equipment; note that awardees placing the equipment within UA core facilities will be expected to work with RII staff to establish internal and external usage rates.
iii. If the proposed equipment is being placed in a core facility, a letter of commitment from the facility manager is required. In addition, UA's Core Business Office must provide a letter indicating support of the proposed budget and business plan.
iv. A valid vendor quote, good through April 30, 2020, must be submitted.

2. Budget: EEF budgets must only be used for equipment or related equipment expenses. No salary or personnel costs are allowable.


Updated: September 22, 2020