Equipment Grant Program (EGP)

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

The Equipment Grant 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 major piece of equipment/instruments that support their research, training, and extension goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs.

The EGP does not support the acquisition of suites of equipment to outfit research laboratories /facilities or to conduct independent experiments simultaneously. Similarly, the EGP does not fund common, general purpose ancillary equipment that would normally be found in a laboratory and/or is relatively easily procured by the organization or through other NIFA grant programs. Rather, it is intended to help fund items of equipment that will upgrade infrastructure. Moreover, EGP does not fund research projects, including research that uses the equipment acquired with support from the program nor does it support the operation and maintenance of facilities.

In FY 2024, EGP will support the installation of equipment (but not the costs associated with building or modifying facilities to house the equipment), equipment warranty for the duration of the award, and one-time equipment use training. 

Application Submission and Award Limitations: For FY 2024, an eligible institution may not submit more than two applications to this program as a lead institution and no more than one award will be made per lead institution. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

Deadline: May 3, 2024


Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is limited to: a) a college or university or b) a State Cooperative Institution, as defined in 7 U.S.C. § 3103.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

May 3, 2024