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Equipment Grants Program (EGP)


EPG provides eligible institutions with an opportunity to acquire one major piece of equipment/instrument that supports their fundamental and/or applied research goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs.

National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA)

Grant: Award amount is a minimum of $25,001 and a maximum of $500,000

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This program can be used to acquire:

  • A single, well-integrated piece of equipment/instrument. Well-integrated means that the ensemble of equipment that defines the instrument enables specific fundamental or applied research experiments in the food and agricultural sciences.
  • Instrument acquired must be fully operational by the end of award period.


Eligible Colleges or Universities

Ineligible types of equipment/instruments:

  • Research project costs, personnel salaries or wages
  • Research, Education or Extension projects directly
  • Common, general purpose ancillary equipment that would normally be found in a laboratory or is relatively easily procured
  • The installation, training, operation, consumable supplies, insurance, or maintenance of facilities, equipment, or research laboratories, or renovation of facilities that house the acquired equipment
  • The acquisition of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities


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  • Only two proposals total are allowed per eligible institution.
  • The grant duration is 48 months.
  • Applicants should demonstrate institutions’ commitment to maintaining and operating the instrument for the benefit of a community of users engaged in research, training, and/or Extension.


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Page last updated: March 21, 2023