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Innovation Impact Grant (IIG)

Grants to North Carolina Investigators for Innovative
Research Equipment to Advance the Life Sciences

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBiotech)

Deadline Date:

10/13/21 Noon


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Grants to North Carolina investigators at nonprofit and academic research institutions to purchase research equipment and instruments for use at core facilities involved in life sciences research. First-time applicants are required to register no less than five business days prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support research infrastructure that will foster innovation in the state's life sciences ecosystem.

The Innovation Impact Grant (IIG) program supports the purchase of research equipment or instrumentation for core facilities* at academic or nonprofit research institutions. Priority will be given to proposals that are most likely to have high impact at the applicant institution and in the broader life sciences research community.

*For a definition of core facility, see the Grant FAQs link in Pre-Application Information below.

Applicants must demonstrate how the NCBiotech investment will enable research and development, accelerate innovation, and create impact in North Carolina.

Equipment/instruments must be designated for research purposes only. Requested equipment must be integrated into a core facility. Requests should focus on high-cost, state of the art equipment. Examples include mass and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, X-ray diffractometers, electron and light microscopes, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers. Requests for combinations of equipment that bring new research capability to the core facility will also be considered.

Allowable items as requested funds (in addition to equipment costs):

  • Minor renovation of core facility space to support/accommodate the equipment.
  • Hardware/software necessary to run the equipment.

NCBiotech IIG Impact criteria:

  • The investment will fill a gap in the NC life science ecosystem by enabling scientific advances not previously possible.
  • The core facility and the requested equipment will serve a broad community of NC life sciences researchers, within and outside of the applicant institution.
  • The investment falls within a larger initiative at the institution or in the region.
  • The investment will enable recruitment and retention of top faculty 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185901

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award: $150,000

Requests should focus on high-cost, state of the art equipment with a $30,000 minimum request (for single items or combined total).

Term of Contract:

Funds may be requested for instruments to be purchased and installed within 12 months of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The principal investigator (PI) must be employed as a permanent, full-time core facility director or faculty member at a North Carolina academic or nonprofit research institute. The PI must also have technical expertise directly related to the type of equipment requested (as documented in the biosketch).

An IIG principal investigator may have no more than two concurrent active awards from the Center.

An institution that has received NCBiotech equipment grant funding within the past two years is ineligible to receive an IIG award for the purchase of similar equipment.

IIG funds cannot be requested for purchase of equipment primarily used for student education or training, workforce development, or clinical care (billable) purposes.

Requests for equipment to be obtained through a rental or a lease-to-own agreement are ineligible for an IIG.

Pre-Application Information:

FY2022 Deadline: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (noon)

Notification of decisions will be made in March 2022.

The PI for the IIG proposal must register for an account on the NCBiotech Funding Portal at least five days prior to the deadline in order to submit a proposal. If you have applied for a grant using the Funding Portal previously (for any NCBiotech funding program), you do not need to register again.

Although not required, a preliminary consultation may be helpful to the applicant prior to submission of an application. Please contact staff at least three weeks prior to the deadline if you would like to schedule a consultation.

PIs applying for the first time must register for an account at least 5 business days before submission of the proposal. If you have applied for a grant using NCBiotech’s online funding portal previously (for any NCBiotech funding program), you do not need to register again.

Each application must be authorized in a letter of support from a senior research executive representing the applicant institution (e.g., Vice Chancellor of Research or equivalent). This requirement is not fulfilled by the signature on the proposal Cover Sheet.

A cash match is required, representing the institution’s contribution toward the purchase and support of the requested equipment.

All award funds are disbursed directly to the university or nonprofit research institute affiliated with the principal investigator.

Proposals not selected for IIG funding may be resubmitted one time in a subsequent cycle. If this is a resubmission of a previously submitted IIG proposal, please contact Deborah De to schedule a consultation.

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

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Direct questions to:

Director of Grant Process Operations
Science and Technology Development
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
15 T.W. Alexander Drive
P.O. Box 13547
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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