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The primary objective of the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) Research Equipment Grant program is to provide essential biomedical research equipment that will foster research programs so that faculty researchers may gain valuable experience in designing, conducting and reporting biomedical research, thus enhancing their ability to compete for extramural funding beyond the local level.

The maximum budget request is $25,000 in direct costs per award.

The proposed equipment must be used in research aligning with one of the biomedical research themes of the OK-INBRE program: Cancer, Developmental Biology or Infectious Diseases.

Refer programmatic questions to Dawn Hammon at or 405.271.2133 x46613, or Darrin Akins at


Investigators must meet the NIH definition of Early Stage Investigator (ESI) or New Investigator. Information regarding ESI and New Investigator policies can be found here:

Principal Investigators must hold a full-time faculty appointment at one of the eligible institutions listed below. Individuals with modified titles or those who lack independent status and who do not qualify to apply for an NIH peer-reviewed investigator-initiated research project grant are not eligible for OK-INBRE funding.

OK-INBRE can support non-tenure track faculty with a justification/letter of support from the Departmental Chair that the institution is providing resources, such as lab space, for the faculty member to successfully carry out the project. The reviewers for the proposals must be confident that the applicant is supported by the institution, is a stable faculty member (e.g. not temporarily at the institution), and the faculty member can successfully perform the project.



University of Central Oklahoma

East Central University

Northeastern State University

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Southeastern State University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Cameron University

Langston University

Rogers State University

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Community College

Tulsa Community College

Redlands Community College

College of the Muscogee Nation


Applications should be prepared using no less than 11 point font, single spaced, with minimum 0.5 inch margins.

The PHS 398 grant form pages are located at: 

  • Face Page (Form Page 1)
  • Summary, Relevance, Project/Performance Sites, Senior/Key Personnel, Other Significant Contributors, and Human Embryonic Stem Cells (Form Page 2)
  • Research Grant Table of Contents (Form Page 3)
  • Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period (Form Page 4)
  • Budget Justification
  • Form Page 5 NOT REQUIRED (Budget for Entire Proposed Project Period)
  • Biographical Sketch. Biosketch format: Include a list of grant applications for the last three years, irrespective of funding outcome.  Include PMCID numbers for NIH-funded publications.
  • Resources 
  • Checklist Format Page NOT REQUIRED
  • Plan for Use of Equipment (4 page maximum - Illustrations and figures will be counted against the page limitation)
    • How other users and/or students will benefit from the equipment
    • Justification for choosing the specific equipment
    • Management and scheduling
    • Maintenance, repairs and warranty
  • Letters of Support
    • Non-tenure track faculty must provide a letter of support from the Departmental Chair indicating continuing support of the faculty member’s research career and laboratory space
    • Letters of commitment from other funding sources if applicable
    • Letters from other potential users are allowed
  • Quotes
  • Other sources of funds, if applicable (installation costs, maintenance contracts, warranties, operating personnel, supplies, etc.). One page maximum.


The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 pm on February 22, 2021

Submit a single .pdf file of the proposal in color (if color figures are included) to Dawn Hammon, OK-INBRE Program Manager, at  A paper application is not required. Please be sure to route your applications through the appropriate office at your institution.

Refer programmatic questions to Dawn Hammon at or 405.271.2133 x 46613, or Darrin Akins at    


Each application will be assigned to two reviewers who will independently evaluate the justification of equipment as proposed.  A panel of expert biomedical research scientists will provide input on each proposal and recommend whether or not an application should be considered for funding.  The application will be ranked according to its scientific merit using the NIH scale of 10 to 90 with 10 being the theoretical perfect score. Upon completion of the peer review process, each applicant will be provided with the faculty peer review committee critiques.                  

The scientific merit review will be based on the following criteria:
 Degree of critical need for the equipment
2. D
egree to which the equipment will contribute to the research environment of other investigators at the institution


For selected projects involving human subjects or vertebrate animals, all Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approvals must be secured before the equipment can be purchased. Radiation Safety Committee and Institutional Biosafety Committee protocols must also be approved by relevant review committees prior to funding of awards. The Investigator will be required to submit a project progress report each year, which will be submitted to NIH.  Instructions will be provided by OK-INBRE typically in January of the award year.