(OPEN) Limited Submission: Equipment Grant Program (EGP)


The Equipment Grant Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher education, including State Cooperative Extension Systems. The program seeks to strengthen the quality and expand the scope of fundamental and applied research at eligible institutions, by providing them with opportunities to acquire one major piece of equipment/instruments that support their research, training, and extension goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs.

The EGP does not support the acquisition of suites of equipment to outfit research laboratories /facilities or to conduct independent experiments simultaneously. Similarly, the EGP does not fund common, general purpose ancillary equipment that would normally be found in a laboratory and/or is relatively easily procured by the organization or through other NIFA grant programs. Rather, it is intended to help fund items of equipment that will upgrade infrastructure. Moreover, EGP does not fund research projects, including research that uses the equipment acquired with support from the program nor does it support the operation and maintenance of facilities.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount
  • The EGP program will only support Standard Grants with a maximum funding request of $500,000 and up to three years in duration. 

Eligibility is limited to: a) a college or university or b) a State Cooperative Institution, as defined in 7 U.S.C. § 3103, including: 

  1. 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions; 
  2. State-certified Schools of Forestry as stipulated in accordance with 16 U.S.C.582a et seq. (the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962); 
  3. State Agricultural Experiment Stations located in the 50 States, the District of Columbia and the Insular Areas in accordance with 7 U.S. C. 361a et seq. (the Hatch Act of 1887); 
  4. “Cooperative extension services” meaning the organizations established at the land-grant colleges and universities under the Smith-Lever Act of May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 372–374, as amended; 7 U.S.C. 341–349), and section 209(b) of the Act of October 26, 1974 (88 Stat. 1428, as amended; D.C. Code, sec. 31–1719(b)); 
  5. Accredited schools or colleges of veterinary medicine or State agricultural experiment stations that conduct animal health and disease research in accordance with section 1433(c) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977; 
  6. Hispanic-serving institutions as defined in section 1101a of title 20; and 
  7. Eligible institutions in insular areas including, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Guam; American Samoa; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; the Federated States of Micronesia; the Republic of the Marshall Islands; the Republic of Palau; and the Virgin Islands of the United States. 

Applicants for the EGP must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or, preclude NIFA from making an award. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process. 

Selection Criteria

NIFA will use the following criteria to evaluate this RFA: 

1. Innovativeness and Effectiveness: This criterion is used to assess the likelihood that the project will have an impact upon, and advance the quality of Research, Training, and Extension Activities by strengthening institutional capacities to meet clearly delineated needs. Elements considered include scientific merit, institutional long-range goals, alignment with USDA’s Goals, identification of a problem or opportunity to be addressed, justification for the equipment need, innovation, multidisciplinary and/or problem-based focus.

2. Proposed Approach: This criterion relates to the soundness of the proposed approach including objectives, methodology, plan of operation, timetable, management plan, and expected products and results. 

3. Institutional Capability and Capacity Building: This criterion relates to the institution’s capability acquire, install, and operate the equipment and the degree to which the equipment will strengthen its research, research training, and/or extension capacity. Elements include the institution’s commitment to operation and maintenance of the equipment, the adequacy of institutional resources (administrative, facilities, personnel, and/or materials) available to operate the equipment, potential for research enhancement, faculty, student, and staff recruitment, and plans for continued use beyond the period of USDA support. This criterion also includes the degree to which the equipment will broaden the participation in, agricultural science and engineering research by women, underrepresented minorities and the quality and extent of documented graduate and/or undergraduate students’ involvement and training in using the equipment. 

4. Key Personnel and Cooperative Linkages: This criterion relates to the adequacy of the number and qualifications of key persons who will develop and carry out experiments or activities using the equipment. Emphasis is placed on the quality of research, research training, and/ or extension activities that the equipment support will provide the applicant institution through its multidisciplinary activities, partnerships or collaborative initiatives, and on the potential cooperative linkages likely to evolve as a result of acquiring this equipment. 

5. Budget and Cost-Effectiveness: This criterion relates to the extent to which the total budget adequately supports the equipment acquisition and is cost effective. Elements considered include the necessity and reasonableness of acquisition costs; and the degree to which the project maximizes the use of limited resources. Note: NIFA will not fund equipment purchase that is duplicative or overlaps substantially with efforts already funded (or to be funded) by other federal agencies or with other federal funds. 

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit three proposals

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.eduaccording to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s selection criteria. It should include a technical description of the requested equipment, including manufacturer and model number where appropriate, and explain why the equipment is needed. 
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • A two-page Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria. 

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above. 


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

Carlos Ortiz, PhD

(816) 926-2700


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