Endowment funds for equipment are used to support multi-user capital instrumentation. Such equipment is typically housed in a University-wide facility, makes significant contributions to research or teaching in multiple departments and colleges, and has a high acquisition cost. Closely related instrumentation essential for supporting capital equipment, such as that used for sample preparation and site preparation costs may also be considered for support. Scientific computing infrastructure is also scientific equipment. The endowment is not expected to fund ongoing operational, staffing or maintenance costs and is managed with a goal of augmenting, rather than substituting for external funds. Priority will be given to matching or leveraging Federal, State or private funds. Examples of projects for which endowment funds may be suitable include:
- As a source of matching funds in a proposal for a major scientific instrument where matching funds are required by the extramural funder and when in-kind or other matching strategies are insufficient.
- As a source of funding for a necessary element of an instrumentation project not supported by an extramural funder, such as site preparation.
- As a source of funding for an instrument upgrade that would significantly increase its utility.