RII Core Facilities Pilot Program

Award Cycle: Quarterly
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one RII Core Facilities Pilot Program (CFPP) proposal per cycle. 
Limit on Awards per PI: An individual may not have more than two active RII CFPP awards at a given time. PIs with recruitment or retention awards for use of RII Core Facilities are ineligible for CFPP funding to use RII Cores until other funds are depleted.
Proposal Due Dates: First Wednesday of the business day
     Next Deadline is May 1, 2024
Applications: Open Thursday, November 2, 2023; Accepted through Arizona Cultivate
Earliest Start Date: Three weeks after quarterly due date
Award Period: One year from award date; extensions will not be granted. 

     *NOTE: Funds are only available for one year from date of award. If an award has not been expended within 12 months, the remaining balance will expire and the recipient will need to reapply for a new award.

Description: The RII CFPP is designed to support three key types of activity within the RII-managed core facilities. Each CFPP proposal will be evaluated on scientific merit and feasibility, and should focus on one or more of the following activity types:

  1. The development of new methods or techniques that would extend the standard operating procedures and capabilities of RII-managed core facilities and potentially impact multiple UA researchers. Successful projects will result in new methods or techniques which will be disseminated to the UA research community via the core’s website, and be incorporated into the core’s standard operating procedures and capabilities.
  2. The acquisition of preliminary data needed for extramural proposals. Successful projects will result in at least one new extramural research proposal. PIs must note the specific extramural funding opportunity announcement for which they plan to submit and their anticipated submission date along with their CFPP application.  A full justification of the anticipated studies is required.
  3. The technical training of students conducting research under existing extramural funding. Successful projects will result in student researchers with the technical skills to operate equipment safely, efficiently and independently within the core facility(ies). PIs should note the student(s) to be trained, the core(s) in which they will be trained, the equipment on which they are to be trained, and the funding source under which the student’s research project is funded. Proposals to train students from traditionally marginalized groups will be given funding priority.

PIs should request funding commensurate with the resources necessary to complete the aims of their proposal and the rates for those resources within the relevant core facility(ies). Most awards will be capped at approximately $10,000, although well-justified projects may be awarded funding above this level. NOTE: It is REQUIRED that CFPP proposals and their budgets be developed with the assistance of the relevant core facility manager(s). Funding provided under the CFPP may only be spent within RII-managed core facilities (see list of eligible facilities below). CFPP funds may not be used to procure specialty materials or chemicals -- these funds are for utilization of instruments and staff time within the eligible facilities.

Please provide proper attribution to the relevant core(s) and the CFPP program if funding results in publications, presentations, successful grant applications, technologies, or other products.

List of eligible facilities:

  1. Analytical and Biological Mass Spectrometry 
  2. Flow Cytometry and Human Immune Monitoring Shared Resource (BD LSR II Cell Analyzer, BD FACSARIA III Cell Sorter, BD FASCCanto II Cell Analyzer, BD LSR Fortessa Cell Analyzer, ThermoFisher Attune Cell Analyzer, Amnis ImageStreamX Mk II Imaging Flow Cytometer)  
  3. Functional Genomics Core 
  4. Imaging Cores - Electron  
  5. Imaging Cores - Optical 
  6. Machining and Welding Center 
  7. Micro/Nano Fabrication Center 
  8. Translational Bioimaging Resource 
  9. AZ Genetics Core 
  10. AZ Molecular Clinical Core
  11. BIO5 Genetically Engineered Mouse Models (GEMM) Core
  12. Arizona Genomics Institute 

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RII Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG) - v8, which is downloadable in the Arizona Cultivate competition. The PPG includes requirements for the project narrative and supplemental documents; it is strongly encouraged that interested applicants read the PPG in full as proposals that do not match the PPG will be returned without review.

Solicitation Specific Information:

  • PI Eligibility: Postdoctoral scholars are able to apply as PI on type 1 (new methods or techniques) and 3 (student training) proposals. 
  • Budget: Only use of one of the Core Facilities listed above should be included in the proposal budget. Student support, additional supplies, etc., are not eligible expenses for this grant. It is REQUIRED that CFPP proposals and their budgets be developed with the assistance of the relevant core facility manager(s).
  • Review: Review of the Core Facilities Pilot Program grants will be conducted in an expedited manner and may consist of review by one or more members of the RII-managed core facility’s advisory committee members. Unlike other Research Advancement Grants, limited or no feedback will be provided to applicants of the Core Facilities Pilot Program.


Questions? Email resdev@arizona.edu

Originally Posted April 16, 2019, updated August 18, 2023


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