Innovation Impact Grant (IIG)

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

The Innovation Impact Grant (IIG) program supports the purchase of research equipment for core facilities at academic or nonprofit institutions fostering innovation within North Carolina’s life sciences ecosystem.

Priority will be given to proposals demonstrating a high impact on the applicant institution and broader life sciences research community.

Potential applicants at Duke should consult with Steve Murray, Assoc. Director, Foundation Relations ( before applying. 

Deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The principal investigator (PI) must be employed as a permanent, full-time core facility director or faculty member at a North Carolina academic or nonprofit research institute. The PI must also have technical expertise directly related to the type of equipment requested (as documented in the biosketch). 

  • An IIG principal investigator may have no more than two concurrent active awards from the Center.  
  • An institution that has received NCBiotech equipment grant funding within the past two years is ineligible to receive an IIG award for the purchase of similar equipment. 

The proposal must list the intended major users of the equipment along with an explanation of how the requested instrument will advance their projects’ research objectives. Major users may have university, industry, or government research affiliations within or outside of the PI’s institution. 

The number of major users who must be identified is dependent upon the size of the university or research institution.  

  • Requests from Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University (including WFU Health Sciences and WFIRM) require at least SIX major users.  
  • Requests from all other NC institutions require at least THREE major users.  

Each application must be authorized in a letter of support from a senior research executive representing the applicant institution (e.g., Vice Chancellor of Research or equivalent). See page 11. This requirement is not fulfilled by the signature on the proposal Cover Sheet. 

Amount Description

Requests from Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University (including WFU Health Sciences and WFIRM) require a minimum 20% cash match. 

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

Funding Year PI Equipment
2008 Thomas Schultz ABI 3730 DNA Sequencer; Corbett Rotor-Gene 6000 RT-PCR machine
2008 Stephen Craig 500 MHz NMR Spectrometer Console
2009 Huntington Willard Blade serever enclosure, Dell M1000E; 16 blade servers, Dell M600, dual quad CPU, 32 GB RAM 2 NetApp Fibre channel storage shelves; 1 NetApp SATA storage shelf
2009 William Wetsel XP2U ultra-microbalance Plethysmometer; ECT unit; treadmill; Foot misplacement apparatus; sono Track ultrasound detector; gait analysis system; prepulse inhibition test systems; grip strength apparatus; pressure analgesia meter; marnes maze; morris water maze equipment; micromanipulators for steriotaxic; Coulochem III HPLC detector; HPLC autosampler; Atlantic platform for water maze; Intracranial stimulator apparatus; 5-hole nose-poke apparatus; conditioned place preference apparatus; tail suspension apparatus; digital infrared cameras, cards, computers; ethovision license with upgrade; observer license with upgrade
2010 Michael Hauser BioMicroLab XL20 Automated Tube Sorter with balance and 2D scanner; Capit-All 96 Channel Scrrew Cap TubeCapper/Decapper; Racking Systems for tube boxes
2011 Sam Johnson Long-term Fluorescence Time-lapse Imaging System for the Light Microscopy Core Facility at Duke University
2011 Dr. Geoffrey S. Ginsburg Advancing Infectious Diseases Biomarkers: Migration of Gene Expression Signatures to Next-generation Point-of-care Diagnostic Devices
2011 Dr. Mark W. Dewhirst Fluorescence Molecular Tomography Shared Resource
2012 Dr. Yutao Liu Duke Acquisition of a Mid-range DNA Sequencer for Molecular Genomics Core. Funds are requested for purchase of a MiSeq Personal Sequencing System from Illumina
2012 Dr. Sina Farsiu Ultrahigh-Resolution Adaptive Optics Optical Coherence Tomography/Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy System
2013 Murdoch, David M. Dip Pen Nanolithography
2013 Rockman, Howard A. Echocardiography for Sophisticated Murine Cardiac Phenotyping
2013 Dressman, Holly K. Expression Profiling of Single Cells
2014 Yokoyama, Kenichi High sensitivity multi-purpose electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy for biotechnological and biomedical research
2015 Kim, So Young

Acoustic Liquid Handling for High-Throughput Screening

2015 Palmer, Gregory

Fluorescence and Luminescence Imaging Instrument for Duke Shared Resource

2016 Fitzgerald, Michael Acquisition of a MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometer System
2017 Force, Jeremy 3D Biology Signatures defined by Nanostring Max System
2017 McCall, Shannon Empowering Duke's Precision Pathology Center with Quantitative Image Analysis to Support Discovery, Diagnostic Assay Development, and Immune Cell Monitoring


Junior Faculty


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

October 4, 2023