Equipment Grants Program (EGP)


The Equipment Grants Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher education, including State Cooperative Extension Systems. The program seeks to strengthen the quality and expand the scope of fundamental and applied research at eligible institutions, by providing them with opportunities to acquire one shared-use piece of equipment/instrument that supports their research, research training, and extension goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs. EGP grants are not intended to replace requests for equipment in individual project applications. The program emphasizes shared-use instrumentation that will enhance the capabilities of researchers, educators, and extension specialists both within and outside the proposing organization.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 115-334
The Equipment Grants Program is authorized under 7 USC 3310a (Pub. L. 115–334, title VII, §7126, Dec. 20, 2018, 132 Stat. 4794), which allows the Secretary to make competitive grants for the acquisition of special purpose scientific research equipment for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs of eligible institutions. “Special purpose equipment" is defined in 2 CFR 200.439 as equipment which is used only for research, medical, scientific, or other technical activities.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
a. 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions; b. State-certified Schools of Forestry as stipulated in accordance with 16 U.S.C.582a et seq. (the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962); c. State Agricultural Experiment Stations located in the 50 States, the District of Columbia and the Insular Areas in accordance with 7 U.S. C. 361a et seq. (the Hatch Act of 1887); d. "Cooperative extension services" meaning the organizations established at the land-grant colleges and universities under the Smith-Lever Act of May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 372-374, as amended; 7 U.S.C. 341-349), and section 209(b) of the Act of October 26, 1974 (88 Stat. 1428, as amended; D.C. Code, sec. 31-1719(b)); e. Accredited schools or colleges of veterinary medicine or State agricultural experiment stations that conduct animal health and disease research in accordance with section 1433(c) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977; f. Hispanic-serving institutions as defined in section 1101a of title 20; and g. Eligible institutions in insular areas including, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Guam; American Samoa; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; the Federated States of Micronesia; the Republic of the Marshall Islands; the Republic of Palau; and the Virgin Islands of the United States.
Beneficiary Eligibility
o Accredited schools or colleges of veterinary medicine or State agricultural experiment stations that conduct animal health and disease research in accordance with section 1433(c) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977; o Hispanic-serving institutions as defined in section 1101a of title 20;
Eligibility is limited to: a) a college or university or b) a State Cooperative Institution, as defined in 7 U.S.C. ? 3103, including:
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must apply to this RFA electronically; no other method or response is accepted. The electronic application for this RFA and additional resources will be available on
Award Procedure
Within the limit of funds authorized, the NIFA awarding official will make grants to responsible and eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not applicable.
From 120 to 180 days. Renewal Application A project application that seeks additional funding for a project beyond the period that was approved in an original or amended award.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
a. Fundamental research is research that increases knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and has the potential for broad application and has an effect on agriculture, food, nutrition, or the environment. b. Applied research is research that includes expansion of the findings of fundamental research to uncover practical ways in which new knowledge can be advanced to benefit individuals and society.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
When an application results in an award, it becomes a part of NIFA transaction records, which are available to the public. Information that the Secretary of Agriculture determines to be confidential, privileged, or proprietary in nature will be held in confidence to the extent permitted by law. Therefore, applicants should clearly mark any information within the application they wish to have considered as confidential, privileged, or proprietary. NIFA will retain a copy of an application that does not result in an award for three years. Such an application will be released only with the consent of the applicant or to the extent required by law. An applicant may withdraw at any time prior to the final action thereon.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
FY 2023 and FY 2024 Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the helpdesk for technical support, and keep a record of the correspondence. Contact NIFA if applicant does not receive correspondence from NIFA regarding an application within 30 days of the application deadline. Online Support Telephone support: 800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035 Email support: Self-service customer based support: iPortal Key Information: Customer service business Hours 24/7, except federal holidays. Email: Phone: Key Information: Business hours: Monday thru Friday, 7a.m. - 5p.m. ET, except federal holidays (816) 926-2700 NIFA's Mailing Address: P.O. Box 419205, Mail Stop 10000, Kansas City, MO 64141-6205 Courier/Package Delivery Address: 2312 East Bannister Road, Mail Stop 10000, Kansas City, MO 64141-3061
Headquarters Office
Christopher Green
6501 Beacon Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64133 USA
Phone: (856) 328-7396
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 23$4,800,000.00; FY 24 est $4,800,000.00; FY 25 FY 22$4,800,000.00; FY 21$5,000,000.00; FY 20$5,000,000.00; FY 19$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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