Equipment Match dollars are available in two situations: when proposals require equipment cost share or the project budget exceeds the available funding in the area of equipment. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) policy allows for full cost requests; however, it is expected that assistance from the college and/or department for a portion of the requested amount would also be available. Requests for cost share should occur prior to proposal submission through e-mail to the ORSP. Once approved in writing by the ORSP, the costs may be included in the grant budget.
Dr. Walter E. Horton Jr., Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs
The purpose of the Department of Energy's ERLE program (Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment) is to grant available excess equipment to colleges and universities for energy research. It's a first-come, first-served basis; the equipment is free; Texas State has to pay for shipping. Equipment is added weekly, so their database should be accessed frequently.