The NIH has provided details on new funding opportunities for construction work on biomedical or behavioral research facilities in the recently enacted stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The ARRA allocated $1 billion to NIH for awards to institutions seeking to construct, renovate or repair biomedical or behavioral research facilities. The National Center for Research Resources (a part of NIH) will administer the grants. Funding will be awarded in two categories of facility construction and improvement grants.
- Core Facility Renovation, Repair and Improvement. Funding is intended to upgrade extramural core facilities to support biomedical and/or behavioral research funded by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). Extramural research is conducted nationwide, off the NIH campus, by NIH-funded institutions and organizations. A core facility is defined as a centralized, shared resource that provides access to instruments, technologies or services, as well as expert consultation to NIH-funded investigators. The deadline for applications is Sept. 17, 2009. Budgets between $1 million and $10 million may be requested. For more information, visit here.
- Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program. Funding is designed for the construction, renovation or repair of biomedical or behavioral research extramural facilities. The major objective is to facilitate and enhance the conduct of PHS biomedical and behavioral research by providing the costs of improving non-federal basic research and clinical research to meet the research, research training or research support needs of an institution. Deadlines are May 6, June 17 and July 17, 2009, depending upon the funding amount requested. Amounts can range from $2 million to $15 million. For more information about applying, see here.
Entities awarded ARRA funds will be required to prepare and submit progress reports detailing jobs created as a result of the funding and the environmental impact of their facilities. You can find more information here.