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Core Facilities Advocacy Committee (CFAC) Spring 2024 RFA


General Information

CFAC Spring RFA 2024 (Official Memo)

CFAC Core Equipment Request Template

CFAC Method Development Template

CFAC Core GeneralReq Template


This RFA cycle will open for submissions January 15, 2024 and close February 16, 2024 at 11:59 pm. 


Decisions will be made and communicated to core directors mid-March.


This is a general RFA; requests for equipment, operational needs, and methods/technological development will all be considered.


Requests will be considered that add new technology or services, upgrade heavily used technology, or provide new instrumentation that will serve a group of faculty. To be considered, all equipment must be housed in an open UNC core facility available to all UNC investigators.


CFAC is especially interested in new technology or methodology which will bring cutting-edge experimental capabilities to UNC that are or will be of benefit to other investigators, or that will help in obtaining external funding. Funding requests must be submitted by a core facility but are recommended to include input from an investigator interested in collaborating with the core.


Since 2020, the average funding award was between $25,000 and $30,000. CFAC does not routinely provide funding for requests over $50,000, but well-justified applications will be considered. CFAC strongly encourages cores to seek matching funds from their center, department, or core balance. Payment for service contracts and salary support for staff are not typically funded.

For large equipment purchases, other options may be available such as NCBC Institutional Development Grants and the NIH S10 Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG). You may be contacted by your CFAC representative if a better funding mechanism is more appropriate for your specific request.


For your request to be considered, a current Core Facility Annual Planning Survey must be on file (along with a history of submitted surveys) with the Office of Research Technologies. To request or submit a survey, please contact:



Click to submit a Method Development Funding Request


Click to submit an Equipment Funding Request


Click to submit a General Funding Request


Click to submit a Matching Funds Request