MicroscopeThe Office of Research and Graduate Studies has established an annual grants program to purchase capital equipment to support research and 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.

Three key elements of this program to keep in mind include:

  1. This program can only be used to purchase capital equipment, which is defined by a unit cost of at least $5,000.
  2. Because it is supported by recovered indirect cost dollars, equipment purchased through the program should have a primary function to support research or creative activities, but it can also be used to support student training.
  3. 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 RGS 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 RGS staff. Merit review of applications will be based on:

  1. Priority will be given toward equipment that will receive maximum faculty use.
  2. Expected impact of the purchase on research productivity.
  3. Uniqueness of need.
  4. Level of support that will be provided to ensure effective use of the equipment.

Application Outline

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

Identify how many collaborators are on the submission (a collaborator is an individual who will be contributing funds toward the purchase of the proposed equipment):

  • Name
  • A-number
  • Email
  • Title
  • 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)

Form can accommodate up to five collaborators. If more are needed, please attach a separate document containing the above information in the Equipment Information section of the form.

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

Provide a recent cost estimate and attach a quote, if available, in the Equipment Information section of the form.

Identify the total amount contributed by collaborator(s) toward the proposed equipment purchase (must equal at least half of the cost estimate).

Identify the total requested RGS contribution amount 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 collaborator(s) will need to cover the additional cost.

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

Describe the anticipated frequency of use for the proposed equipment.

Describe how the purchase of the proposed equipment will advance research or creative activity and prospects for new external funding for you and, if applicable, other USU researchers.

Attach supporting documents, images, etc. (additional collaborators, equipment quote, etc.). Up to five documents can be attached. If more are needed, please contact Jerilyn Hansen, Director of Research Development, at 797-3437 or jerilyn.hansen@usu.edu.

Identify whether other users will be able to access the proposed equipment (yes/no).

Identify if there is a plan to staff and/or maintain the proposed equipment (yes/no).

Identify the individual who will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the proposed equipment:

  • Name
  • A-number
  • Email
  • Title
  • College and department affiliation

Capital Equipment Grant Application Form

The Capital Equipment Grant Program will be accepting FY 2019 applications March 18 – April 19, 2019. The online application form will be available here during that timeframe.