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Research Equipment Support


In previous years, HCRAC has supported an annual equipment competition to assist HCRAC Core Facilities, small groups of investigators and individual investigators obtain the equipment they need to advance their research programs. Research funded through the National Institutes of Health and other extramurally funded research generated funds through the recovery of indirect costs to support the repair and/or replacement of equipment essential to the advancement of research projects. A HCRAC subcommittee will provide advice on use of these funds to repair/replace existing essential research equipment and to acquire major new instruments to be added to HCRAC Core Facilities or other widely accessible facilities. Support is available only for capital expenditures, which cover the purchase and installation of equipment or computer software that has a useful life of more than three years and a total cost of over $5000. PIs with significant non-DCAA discretionary funds may not be eligible for emergency equipment replacement support.

Research Equipment Repair/Replacement

Information on the item being replaced and its users must be supplied, along with quotations for at least two potential replacements and the rationale for their selection. Requests for funds must be submitted using the Research Equipment Repair-Replacement Form. Requests will be evaluated as they are received.

Major Instrumentation

Researchers at UConn Health have benefitted greatly from successful shared instrumentation grants (SIG) (e.g., the new electron microscope in our EM facility). Investigators planning to submit SIG applications can apply for a contribution to the proposed capital expenses (e.g., matching funds) through HCRAC. Investigators with a demonstrated need for new instrumentation whose usage can be overseen in an existing HCRAC Core facility or by a clearly identified team of investigators can also apply. Requests will be evaluated quarterly.

Equipment Awards

For a listing of past awards, visit the HCRAC Equipment Awards page.