President Mark Schlissel’s Biosciences Initiative is offering a new funding opportunity to improve core research resources across the University of Michigan.
The Core Lab Funding Program is similar to the National Institutes of Health S10 Equipment Grant, and aims to enhance technology at existing core laboratories or create new core laboratories to advance the research capabilities of U-M investigators.
Core Lab Funding applications may be submitted beginning March 15 and will be considered on a rolling basis.
Applicants may request funds for a new core or for additional equipment to supplement a core that already exists at U-M. Cores are centralized facilities or labs which offer shared services, shared equipment, resources or expertise to scientific researchers.
Investigators may request support as a one-time capital investment for equipment purchases or upgrades, or may request support for equipment and personnel costs in cases where new cores or new services are being created.
Applicants are expected to design cores that will become sustainable after a three-year launch period.
“This new funding program will continue building a foundation for excellence and growth in U-M’s world-class biosciences research. This program will further bolster the cutting-edge infrastructure and resources available to U-M researchers in the form of upgraded core labs,” says Roger Cone, vice provost and director of the Biosciences Initiative.
“We couldn’t be more excited to offer our faculty additional opportunities to build on our inherent strengths while advancing our understanding of human health, disease and many of the life sciences’ most important puzzles.”
Applicants should highlight how the equipment will benefit major and minor users across the university. The Request for Applications requires a plan to make the new or improved core fully sustainable based on recharge activity or unit support by the end of three years of Biosciences Initiative funding.
Biosciences includes a broad range of strong academic disciplines, and the initiative works to create transdisciplinary connections and collaborations across the full breadth of U-M. Biosciences includes all those in the life sciences and convergent disciplines.