NEW YORK, July 12 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health announced today that it has awarded 11 grants worth nearly $18 million to US research institutions to support the acquisition of "high-end instrumentation" for biomedical research.
The one-time grants support the purchase of instruments that cost more than $750,000, with a maximum of $2 million each, NCRR said. In addition, institutions were to identify three or more NIH-funded investigators whose research requires use of the instrument.
Instruments to be purchased using the grants include structural and functional imaging systems, macromolecular NMR spectrometers, high-resolution mass spectrometers, electron microscopes, and supercomputers. The awards include:
· $2 million to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for the purchase of a high-performance computing cluster to "improve and expand the computing infrastructure to support current and new research" using microarrays and comparative bioinformatics;
· $758,000 to the University of California, San Diego, for the purchase of a MALDI TOF-TOF mass spectrometer;
· $919,000 to the University of Cincinnati for the acquisition of an ion trap-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance hybrid mass spectrometer;
· $1 million to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for the purchase of a Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer.
The full list of award recipients, instruments and associated projects can be seen here.