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Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNCG) Program

Grants to USA IHE Science Departments for Equipment
Purchases to Enhance Undergraduate Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP)

Deadline Date:

10/31/19 Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA science departments of small colleges and universities for equipment to enhance the quality of undergraduate science education. Eligible purchases include scientific equipment, library materials, and audio-visual and other teaching aids.

Strong proposals from previous cycles had the following characteristics (in no particular order): 

  • Good development and organization
  • PCMNCG funds leveraged by matching contributions from the university or another source
  • Specific examples of how the requested equipment would be integrated into the science programs
  • Requested equipment and materials impact a large number of students
  • Brief descriptions of specific experiments that demonstrate broad use of the equipment

Examples of equipment and instruments funded in previous years are listed below. In some cases, more than one school requested a particular type of instrument.

  • AA Spectrometer
  • UV/VIS Detector for HPLC plus columns
  • Gas Chromatograph, Software, and Supplies
  • Human Muscular Torsos
  • UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
  • Automated Pipettes
  • HPLC
  • NMR Workstations and Software
  • 1H/13C Dual-Channel NMR Probe
  • FTIR Software Upgrade and Spectral Libraries
  • Camera and Software for a Fluorescence Microscope

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164303

Number of Grants:

Based on anticipated funds, it is expected that at least ten (10) colleges will be selected to receive grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

This year, the maximum funding available for each grant is $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an award, schools must meet the following criteria:
- Enrollment must not exceed 5,000 full-time students.
- No more than 25% of the operating budget may come from national or state governments. Two-year community colleges sponsored by political subdivisions of a state are not bound by these first two criteria.
- Requests for materials to be used only for research purposes will not be funded.
- Schools are ineligible for the PCMNCG program for a three-year period following receipt of the PCMNCG grant (award recipient colleges from 2017, 2018, and 2019 are not eligible for the 2020 program).

Pre-Application Information:

- The application and proposal must be received no later than October 31, 2019.
- Results of the judging will be communicated to those who submit proposals during January, 2020.
- Award winners will be announced by February, 2020.

Awards may be used as part of “Matching Grant” programs; use of matching funds to increase the overall impact of the grant will be considered in the evaluation of proposals and is highly encouraged.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send applications to:
The Pittsburgh Conference - PCMNCG
300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 332
Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5503

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