Equipment & Technology Award

The purpose of the Hollings Cancer Center’s (HCC) Equipment and Technology Award (ETA) is to provide a mechanism for replacing aging, obsolete or damaged research instrumentation, or to acquire new research equipment that represents the latest advances in the field. Support for development of new technologies, beyond equipment purchases, will also be considered for funding by this mechanism. The overall aim of the program is to provide the availability of state-of-the-art multi-user instrumentation and/or technologies necessary to support the research goals of cancer center investigators.

There is no funding limit specified for this award mechanism, however, requests must be suitably justified. Priority will be given to applications that use this ETA mechanism as a match for applications submitted to external agencies (e.g., NIH S10, Foundations, etc.). Institutional matching funds (e.g., departmental, college, Provost) are also highly encouraged.


  • Applicants must be HCC Shared Resource, HCC Developing Resource, or HCC supported core directors.
  • All applications must provide technologies/resources that support cancer relevant research.
  • Requests for high-speed computer workstations for molecular graphics or high-capacity information management are allowed, but ETA funds may not be used to purchase standard desktop computers, laptop computers or software packages for routine use.
  • Applicants may request service contracts for an extended warranty as part of an instrument purchase, but funds may not be used to purchase service contracts for existing equipment.
  • All PIs must commit to participate in fundraising efforts for the 2018 Hollings fundraising bike ride event before November 2019.
  • Prior to submitting a proposal, each applicant is encouraged to request a brief consultation with Drs. Steven Rosenzweig and/or Richard Drake in an effort to preliminarily evaluate the institutional need and feasibility of the proposed instrumentation.

Evaluation Criteria

Each application will be assigned to internal and external reviewers having substantial expertise in cancer research and in reviewing equipment and technology development grants.

Review criteria will include:

  • Standard NIH criteria (significance, innovation, approach, investigative team).
  • Apparent need for the equipment or technology requested to satisfy and advance an important, albeit possibly unique, scientific niche.
  • Likelihood that the equipment or technology requested places HCC investigators at a significant advantage over investigators at other institutions lacking these capabilities.
  • Number of investigators that will potentially form the user base.
  • Careful evaluation of the equipment or technology requested compared to similar equipment or technologies in the market.
  • Business plan for cost-neutral usage of equipment or technology.
  • Evaluation of letters of support from potential users.

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