Research Equipment Acquisition (REAP)
The Research Equipment Acquisition Program (REAP) provides funding to purchase multi-user equipment to support research across the four Technology Research Initiative Fund (TRIF) initiatives:
- Water, Environment, and Energy Solutions (WEES)
- Improving Health (iHealth)
- National Security Systems
- Exploring Planetary Systems
- The REAP funding program is open to full-time tenured/tenure track faculty across all NAU colleges.
- Faculty members who are both (1) NAU regular employees (i.e., benefit eligible) and (2) eligible to serve as Principal Investigators/Project Directors on extramural grants may serve as co-PIs on REAP proposals.
- Research Track faculty are also eligible to be PIs on proposals to this program if they have a tenured faculty co-investigator substantively involved as a partner in the proposal and can demonstrate available, non-committed effort in the proposal.
Funding details Accordion Closed
There are two tracks for requesting REAP funding:
- Track 1: Applicants may request up to $100,000
- Track 2: Applicants may request up to $250,000
Matching contributions are allowed for instrumentation that exceeds this amount. For example, a $120,000 instrument would require $20,000 of matching funds to be acquired through Track 1 of the REAP program. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate commitment from other units through provision of a matching contribution.
Funds are awarded annually with instrument purchase by June 30 during the fiscal year in which the REAP funding is awarded, unless otherwise negotiated.
The TRIF REAP awards will not fund:
- Used or refurbished equipment
- Requests for general-purpose software or lab equipment (e.g., autoclaves, fume hoods, etc.)
- Renovation costs or building systems (e.g., HVAC, electrical or plumbing systems)
- Requests to duplicate equipment or software that exists elsewhere on campus
- Requests for equipment/software not used primarily for research
When to apply Accordion Closed
- Submission due date: Submissions are due December 15, 2021.
- Award notification: Awardees will be notified each year beginning January 19, 2022.
How to apply Accordion Closed
REAP application guidelines
Applications for REAP funding must be submitted electronically. The Face Pages (Sections I-III), Narrative (Section IV), and Additional Documentation (Section V) should be combined into one PDF document and emailed to email@example.com.
The PDF document must be saved as follows: REAPYEAR_Last name of applicant_First name of applicant, e.g., REAP2020_Smith_John
The Subject of the e-mail must read as follows: REAPYEAR Last name of applicant, First name of applicant, e.g., REAP2020 Smith, John
Selection criteria Accordion Closed
Priority will be given to meritorious proposals most clearly demonstrating that:
- The equipment/software will be shared by no fewer than three independent research programs.
- The research projects/programs that will benefit from the equipment/software are aligned with at least one of the FY2017-2021 TRIF initiatives (see above).
- Infrastructure exists to house and maintain the equipment, and to provide training to cross-campus users including students.
- The research that will be conducted using the equipment/software is, and likely will continue to be, supported by extramural research grants.
- Matching contributions can be provided at the investigator, department, or college level to support instrumentation, maintenance, and/or supplies. A support letter authorized by an appropriate official (department head/director, Dean) outlining the commitment to provide matching funds must be included for matches at the department or college level, respectively.
- The proposed equipment/software will increase NAU’s research capacity.
- Priority for Track 2 awards will be given to applicants who clearly and convincingly demonstrate the request addresses a critical or strategic need for the university, or that the proposed instrument will have a large user base. The selection committee may elect not to award Track 2 proposals in any given year.