Dear FUN members,

The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2020 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), Data Sciences International (DSI), Noldus Information Technology (NIT), Nikon, San Diego Instruments (SDI) 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 is available for loan during this grant program cycle is in the attachment. 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 go to and go to the member’s link to register.

Grant program applications will be submitted electronically as a single pdf file to the Co-Chairs of the ELP program: and The deadline for the FUN 2020 Equipment Loan Program application submission is: February 29th, 2020 11:59 pm (PST). Awards will be announced in March 2020. Application instructions are in the attachment.

In the last year we had very few applications and if we dont show demand for equipment we might lose our vendors who have supported us for more than a decade. Previous FUN ELP awardees have published with the equipment and also used data for successful grant submissions.

Please spread the word about this program to your department and scientific society mailing lists as the more interest we get the better we are positioned to attract new vendors.

If you dont see something that you want in the attached list of equipment, let me or Lorenz know and we will work with the vendors to make it happen. The application call and materials can also be found on:

Please email us (Divya Sitaraman: or Lorenz Neuwirth: if you have any questions and we look forward to your proposals for 2020 equipment loan.


Divya Sitaraman, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
California State University-East Bay
Visiting Scientist
Janelia Research Campus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute