The United States Department of Energy has narrowed the scope of its University Research Instrumentation Program. The program offers grants to colleges and universities to purchase specialized instruments for energy-related research. This year, applications must be limited to instruments applicable to one of five areas: biological and environmental research, chemical science, university infrastructure for high-energy physics, materials science, or mechanistic plant and microbial research.

The department will offer $4.7 million in funding to support 18 to 20 grants. Preference is given to instruments that can be shared among students and faculty members. Special consideration is given to applications for innovative equipment that does not exist here in the U.S. university system. Applications to fund replacements for outmoded instruments will also be considered.

Applications are due December 9. For more information, contact Linda Hallum, U.S. Department of Energy, DOE Field Office, Idaho, Contracts Management Division, 785 DOE Place, Idaho Falls, Idaho...

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