ECRAC | Equipment Funding Opportunities

Business Objective

The Research Executive Council (REC) and the Equipment and Core Resources Allocation Committee (ECRAC) supports of the purchase of research equipment for individual laboratories and institutional and departmental cores.

Applicant Criteria

  1. Applicants must hold a faculty appointment at the instructor level or higher.
  2. Applicants must be a principal investigator on at least one federal or peer reviewed award with full overhead
  3. Funds may be requested for equipment in the following cost brackets
    1. Small equipment items that cost $5,000 - $60,000
  4. Large Equipment items that cost > $60,000
  5. Where applicable, equipment must be accessible to users outside of the requester’s department/division/program. Funding decisions will be influenced by the opportunity for the equipment to be used by multiple investigators.
  6. An application previously submitted to REC but not funded may be resubmitted once.

Application Content

Small equipment items that cost $5,000 - $60,000

Award amount: up to $30,000

  1. Equipment justification statement
  • Summary of science being supported (not longer than 1 page)
  • Replacement vs new equipment
  • Documentation of identified users and departments/divisions/programs
  1. Primary Investigator NIH bio-sketch
  2. Where applicable, letter(s) of support for equipment purchase from collaborators
  3. Specific sign off by Chairman or Division Chief with assurance that space is available
  4. History of support from institutional research committees i.e. BTREC, CTREC
  5. Itemized quote for proposed equipment (fixed and recurring costs)
  • Service contract included on initial purchase and plan for continuing service contract, if needed (this Equipment fund will not be available to fund service contracts except at the time of the initial purchase)+

Large Equipment items that cost > $60,000

Award amount: 50% matching

In addition to the above content, please include the following

  1. If applicant is an individual investigator – business plan for enabling access to users outside of home department/division/program (if applicable).
  2. If applicant is a Core, operating business plan for core sustainability.
  3. If for NIH application, REC after review/approval will provide a letter of support.
  4. All proposals are expected to carry a minimum 50% cost-sharing match.
  5. Depreciation of capital equipment is not required; however, partial depreciation is highly encouraged (e.g., 20% of equipment cost over 5 years). Depreciation funds will be returned to REC equipment fund (50%) and to the department/division/program that provided the Cost Share (50%).

Funding Priorities

  1. Equipment that is to be used by multiple Departments/Programs, with priority to cores
  2. Applicant’s previous funding history. A major goal of this funding stream is to invest across the research enterprise and improve the research infrastructure in as many teams as possible.
  3. Equipment targeted for areas of science that are innovative, under-represented at BCH and cross-cutting in nature.

Submission Dates and Times

Any questions please email ResearchCoreResources-ECRAC@childrens.harvard.edu

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