FUN Equipment Loan Program

Call for Proposals for the FUN 2022 Equipment Loan Grant Program
The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2022 Equipment Loan Program. Annually, the FUN Equipment Loan Program works through collaborations with equipment vendors to develop opportunities for neuroscience faculty to offer their products, services, and trainings on their equipment for up to a two-year loan with the intent to purchase the equipment at the end of the grant program. The vendors are always willing to work with the scientists so please apply even if you want a different version of the equipment listed here.

Through generous donations from ADInstruments (ADI), Kent Scientific, Noldus Information Technology (NIT), Nikon Instruments, San Diego Instruments, Proxima Centauri Technologies, and Stoelting we are now accepting applications for proposals requesting a loan for equipment supporting neuroscience faculty research and/or teaching for FUN members. A complete list of equipment that will be available for loan during this grant program cycle can be found below. Please note that only single versions of the equipment listed below are available for loan at this time – it is not possible to request multiple pieces of a single item (unless otherwise noted or the awardee is seeking to purchase these additional pieces of equipment beyond the terms of the FUN Equipment Loan Program).
All current dues-paying members of FUN are eligible to apply for this program. If you are not a member and would like to become one, please visit our member application page to register.
Grant program applications will be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to the Co-Chairs of the ELP program: Divya Sitaraman and Lorenz S. Neuwirth The deadline for the FUN 2022 Equipment Loan Program application submission is: February 20th, 11:59 pm (PST). Awards will be announced by second week of March 2022.
Terms of the FUN 2022 Equipment Loan Grant Program:
•    Awardees will be given full use of the neuroscience equipment granted for a period of up two years. For this cycle, all equipment can be requested for a two-year loan period unless otherwise noted (see Noldus).
•    Awardees will absorb all costs associated with shipping the equipment to and from the equipment vendor/supplier.
•    Awardees are unable to purchase the equipment after the loan period has expired, then they will be required to return the neuroscience equipment at the end of the loan period cleaned, sanitized (if/when appropriate or requested specifically by the neuroscience equipment vendor/supplier), and in good working order to the vendor/supplier. Please note that some equipment cannot be return and will have to be outright purchased at the end of the loan period (see vendor information regarding these details).
•    Any publications or presentations resulting from the use of the equipment that was loaned through this program will acknowledge the neuroscience vendor/supplier company providing the equipment, as well as the FUN two-year Equipment Loan Program (ELP) grant. Notification of these publications are to be submitted via email the Co-Chairs of the ELP program: Divya Sitaraman and Lorenz S. Neuwirth
•    Any software that is included with a FUN two-year ELP grant will require that the grantee sign a provision that all software will be removed from their computers at the end of the grant program period.
Applications should be no more than 5 pages in length (i.e., excluding cover page and reference pages). Applications may be single spaced, with font size no less than 11, top and bottom margins of 1” as well as right and left margins of 0.75”. Applications should be organized in the following manner:
•    Application Cover Page (i.e., Name, affiliation and equipment requested)
•    Research proposal (i.e., including specific neuroscience equipment requested to be loaned, the proposed research, description of how the equipment will be used to complete the study proposed, and the expected outcomes from the research through the loaned equipment)
•    Impact of the neuroscience equipment loaned on seeking future research grant funding and the long-term development of the neuroscience faculty member’s research program
•    Role of undergraduates in the research proposal and training provided
•    Institutional support for the proposal. This may include such things as matching grants from the institution (i.e., covering the purchase costs for the loaned items at the conclusion of the two-year equipment loan grant period, undergraduate research stipends, additional supply money, salary support for the faculty member, etc.) or other forms of institutional support.
Factors to be considered when reviewing the proposals will include:
•    The scientific merit of the proposed research and use of the requested neuroscience equipment
•    Some preference is given to faculty in the early stages of their career, although awards may also be made to more senior faculty, for example, if a faculty member is developing a new area of research or changing their research focus
•    Evidence that the loan will enhance the faculty members long-term research and/or teaching efforts
•    Demonstrated institutional support for the project.
For more information contact: Drs. Divya Sitaraman ( or Lorenz S. Neuwirth (
See the sub-page linked from the menu for a list of previous winners:

Available Scientific Equipment for the 2022 FUN Equipment Loan Program

Neuroscience Vendor/Supplier # 1 - ADInstruments Equipment (ADI)
ADInstruments PowerLab system is a high-speed multichannel computer-based data acquisition system appropriate for upper division undergraduate student neuroscience projects as well as research applications. PowerLab data acquisition potential applications include: extracellular/intracellular recordings, evoked potentials, current/voltage clamping, biopotential recordings and many other neuroscience protocols. The Team at ADInstruments will work with the award winner to configure the system to best meet the needs of the work that is proposed. The final form of the system might vary, but in general would make use of the Powerlab 4/26T platform and LabChart software.

PowerLab 4/26T (QTY 1) -
The PowerLab 26T is an integrated data recording unit featuring a dual Bio Amp, an isolated stimulator, trigger input and two independent analog outputs (non-isolated). The ML856 provides the option of up to four general DIN inputs (Inputs 3 & 4 are shared between the dual Bio Amp). With appropriate transducers and accessories, the PowerLab 26T covers the broad experimental requirements in neurobiology education.
The ML856 PowerLab 26T includes:
LabChart, Scope and LabTutor software
Teaching Resources CD (includes LabChart Experiments)
Cable Kit including Power Cord, BNC to DIN Test Cable, USB Cable
Getting Started with PowerLab Manual
LabChart Quick Reference Guide
MLA2540 5-Lead Shielded Bio Amp Cable
MLA2505 Shielded Lead Wires (5)
MLADDF30 Stimulating Bar Electrode
MLAC22 BNC to DIN Smart Adapter (2)
MLT1010/D Finger PulseTransducer

PTK 19 (QTY 1) -
The PTK19 is ideal for conducting experiments using isolated animal nerve, skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscle preparations. The Bridge Pod and transducer measure muscle contractile force. The cables connect to the Nerve Chamber or the Muscle Holder and plug directly into the analog inputs and analog outputs of the PowerLab system for recording and stimulating tissues.
The PTK 19 Nerve/Muscle Kit II Includes:
ML301 Bridge Pod (signal amplifier)
MLT500/A Force Transducer (0 - 500 g)
MLT016/B Nerve Chamber with Cable Options B
MLA0320 Animal Nerve Stimulating Electrode
MLA013 Muscle Holder
MLA1605 Shielded Lead Wires (25cm)
MLA40 Manipulator and Stand
Complete software overview can be found here:
The included LabChart software has integrated post-hoc data analysis modules including Peak Analysis Analysis/Windows/ and Spike Histogram Histogram/Windows/.
Although the acquisition software must be removed at the termination of the loan period, ADI does offer free downloads of the LabChart Reader software for review of previously collected data.
Awardees are responsible for shipping costs associated with returning the equipment to the supplier. Equipment must be returned and insured (up to $5K) via a registered carrier and in good working condition.
Neuroscience Vendor/Supplier # 2 - Kent Scientific
Item 1) PS-03 PhysioSuite® Physiological Monitoring Suite with RightTemp® Temperature Monitoring
& Homeothermic Control Module
MouseSTAT® Pulse Oximeter & Heart Rate Monitor Module included.
Item 2) SomnoFlo® Low-Flow Electronic Vaporizer
Neuroscience Vendor/Supplier # 3 - Noldus Information Technology (NIT)
Noldus will provide one copy of the EthoVision XT software for a one-year loan period which includes:
Software license hardware key (EthoVision XT)
(The USB hardware key has to be returned at the end of the loan period. The winner is responsible for paying for the return of the key via UPS or Fed Ex)
Noldus will provide advice regarding compatible computer and video hardware, as needed
Neuroscience Vendor/Supplier # 4 - Stoelting
The Stereotaxic and ANY-Maze packages are available for proposals.

Stereotaxic Package
Digital Just for Mouse™ Stereotaxic Instrument (51730D) with Integrated warmer (53800) and Stereotaxic Surgical Tool Kit (52189)
Our Just for Mouse Stereotaxic was specifically designed for use with knock-out and transgenic mice. It is far and away our most popular stereotaxic instrument. The stereotaxic has an integrated warming base that aids in improving surgical outcomes and overall longevity. A key feature of this instrument is its easy-to-read digital display, which allows for 10µm resolution and the coordinate zeroing feature eliminates the need for calculations.  The stereotaxic package also includes Stoelting’s Stereotaxic Surgical Instrument kit. This kit contains all the necessary tools for mouse stereotaxic surgery; Stoelting surgical instruments including a double sterilizing tray that will fit all the tools. Indeed, this kit also includes the Kane Clamp, exclusive to Stoelting for retracting the skin for optimal view of the skull without causing trauma to the surrounding tissue.
Surgical Instrument Kit includes:
Large Ring Dissecting Scissors
Micro-Dissecting Forceps
Curved and Straight Stainless-Steel Forceps
Micro Friedman Rongeur
Curved Kane Retractor
Sterile Scalpel Blades
Scalpel Handle
Halsey Needle Holder
Double Sterilizing Tray
Additional information is available at:
Awardees are responsible for shipping costs associated with returning the equipment to the supplier.  Equipment must be cleaned, decontaminated and returned in good working condition.
ANY-maze Behavioral Tracking Package
ANY-maze behavioral tracking software with camera and accessories bundle (60605). The bundle includes a camera, lens, ceiling-mount and necessary cables. The software also includes unlimited technical support to aid you in getting started. ANY-maze is today’s most advanced video tracking system. Trusted by thousands of researchers around the world, ANY-maze couples an unrivalled depth of features with a simple, familiar design, to provide automated testing in virtually any behavioral test.
Additional information is available at:
Neuroscience Vendor/Supplier # 5Nikon Instruments
Nikon E400
Upright fluorescence microscope with CFI60 Plan Fluor 4x, 10x 40x and 100x Oil Immersion objectives.  Microscope has trinocular head ready to accept camera.  Fluorescence illuminator with six position fluorescence turret.  Fluorescence cubes for DAPI, FITC, TRITC and CY5.  Fluorescence illumination utilizing Nikon Intensilight system; long life mercury halide bulb with liquid light guide.
Nikon TiU
Inverted Phase/Fluorescence microscope with CFI60 Plan Fluor 4x, Plan Fluor 10x, 20x, 40x & 60x  ELWD Phase contrast objectives.  Microscope main body capable of accepting two cameras on left and right side of microscope.  Fluorescence illuminator with six position fluorescence turret.  Fluorescence cubes for DAPI, GFP, Texas Red and CY5.  Fluorescence illumination utilizing Nikon Intensilight system; long life mercury halide bulb with liquid light guide.
Neuroscience Vendor/Supplier # 6San Diego Instruments
SR-LAB System with Large Enclosures (1 Stations) - The SR-LAB startle response system is the world's most widely used startle reflex behavioral research system and the most successful for measuring startle habituation, pre-pulse inhibition (PPI) and Fear Potentiated Startle (FPS) for both rats and mice.
Small/Medium enclosure (mice) can be substituted for Large Enclosure (rats).
Any add on kits, Puretone, Fear Potentiated Startle, Air Puff, will need to be purchased by the recipient.
Neuroscience Vendor/Supplier # 7 Proxima Centauri Technologies ( New company founded by our long time supporter Michael Kinder of Kinder Instruments)
SR-LAB System for rats and mice (1 station).
Awardees are responsible for costs of shipping to and from the vendor/supplier and insuring the equipment is highly encouraged. All neuroscience equipment must be returned cleaned, sanitized and in good working condition. If the equipment is not insured with shipment and is damaged, the awardee will be responsible for covering the costs of the loaned neuroscience equipment.