FUN Equipment Loan Program (2017)

FUN is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2017 Equipment Loan Program.  Through generous donations from ADInstruments, Data Sciences International (DSI), Noldus Information Technology, iMotions, Nikon and San Diego Instruments we are now accepting applications for proposals requesting a loan of equipment for research and/or teaching for FUN members.  A complete list of equipment available is available below.  Please note that only single versions of the equipment are available for loan at this time – it is not possible to request multiple pieces of a single item (unless otherwise noted). All dues-paying members of FUN are eligible to apply for this program. 

Applications will be submitted electronically as a single pdf file to the Co-Chairs of the ELP program:  and .  The deadline for application submission is: December 20th, 2017 11:59 pm (PST). Awards will be announced in early to mid-February 2018.

 Terms of the Loan: 

  • Awardees will be given full use of the equipment granted for a period of 2 years.  For this cycle, all equipment can be requested for a two-year loan period unless otherwise noted. 
  • Awardees will absorb all costs associated with shipping the equipment to and from the supplier.
  • Awardees will return the equipment at the end of the loan period clean, sanitized (if appropriate), and in good working order to the supplier.
  • Any publications or presentations resulting from the use of this equipment will acknowledge the company providing the equipment, as well as the FUN 2-year Equipment Loan Program (ELP) grant. 
  • Any software that is included with a FUN 2-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 period.


Applications should be no more than 5 pages in length (excluding cover page and references).   Applications may be single spaced, with font size no less than 11, top and bottom margins of 1” and right/left margins of 0.75”.

  • Application Cover Page
  • Research proposal, including specific equipment requested, the proposed research, and expected outcomes
  • Impact of the loan on future research funding and long term development of the research program
  • Role of undergraduates in the research proposal
  • Institutional support for the proposal.  This may include such things as matching grants from the institution (i.e., 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 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
  • 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 ( )

ADInstruments Equipment
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:


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:


Complete software overview can be found here:


The included LabChart software has integrated post-hoc data analysis modules including Peak Analysis and Spike Histogram


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. 

Data Sciences International

Equipment loan will include:

  • Computer & Monitor
  • Ponemah Acquisition Software
  • NeuroScore Analysis Software (appropriate analysis modules based on research needs)
  • MX2 – 1
  • Router – 1
  • Switch – 1
  • Receivers (RPC-1) – 4
  • Four Implants (model dependent on research needs)
  • Surgical Starter Kit
  • On-site Installation and Training
  • Surgical Training
  • Data Analysis Services (via GoTo Meeting)


Data Sciences International (DSI) has implantable telemetry options for 24/7, chronic measurement of neurological information in conscious, freely moving laboratory animals. The equipment provided by DSI will be a small, complete system ideal for introducing young investigators to in vivo physiologic monitoring. The proven health benefits for laboratory animals make telemetry a reliable choice for physiologic monitoring. 

DSI has developed robust neuroscience solutions for data acquisition and analysis from signals that were acquired via hardwired or implantable telemetry methods.  DSI’s monitoring solutions cover small to large animal models and offer researchers the ability to collect one or many physiological signals.  

DSI's PhysioTel ™ implants are designed for monitoring and collecting data from conscious, freely moving laboratory animals—providing stress-free data collection while eliminating percutaneous infections. PhysioTel implants are offered in different sizes to support a variety of research animal models ranging from mice and rats to dogs and non-human primates. The shape of DSI implants are also designed to accommodate various surgical placements including subcutaneous and intraperitoneal placement.   DSI offers several implant models to help researchers monitor one or several physiologic parameters from a single animal.  

DSI's Ponemah software is a complete physiologic data acquisition and analysis software platform used to confidently collect, accurately analyze, and quickly summarize data.  NeuroScore software is used to analyze neurophysiology data collected in Ponemah.  NeuroScore is designed to efficiently analyze large, continuous data sets common to sleep and seizure studies.

Typical use-case scenarios for applications that are supported by NeuroScore software include: 

Rodent Sleep

  • 2 EEG signals, 1 EMG signal, Activity
  • Slow Wave Sleep (SWS), Paradoxical Sleep, Wake, and Active Wake sleep stages can be assigned

 Large Animal Sleep

  • 1 EEG Signal, 1 EOG Signal, 1 EMG Signal, Activity
  • Non- REM (N1, N2, N3), REM, Wake, and Active Wake sleep stages can be assigned


  • Identify individual spikes and spike trains based on EEG amplitude thresholds and other spike characteristics

The team at DSI will work with the award winner to configure the system to best meet the needs of the research that is being proposed.  Although the final form of the system may vary, in general it will make use of the DSI PhysioTel  telemetry platform and DSI Ponemah and/or NeuroScore software.

The award will also include system installation, surgical training and opportunities for data services. 

Awardees are responsible for shipping costs associated with returning the equipment to the supplier.  Equipment must be returned and insured (up to $6K) via a registered carrier and in good working condition. 

Additional product information available at:

Noldus Information Technology

Noldus will provide one copy of the EthoVision XT software for a 1-year loan period which includes:

  • Software license hardware key( EthoVision XT)
  • The USB hardware key has to be returned at the end of the trial/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

Additional product information available at:

San Diego Instruments Equipment

The following systems and will be available for new proposals.  They are:

2 Systems as follows:

PAS Open Field with Rearing Frames (2 Stations) - PAS-Open Field stations use a 16 x 16 photobeam configuration that offers the option to utilize a rearing frame. To accommodate subjects of different sizes, you will be able to position frame height anywhere on the posts.

2 Systems as follows:

SR-LAB System with Large Enclosures (2 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).  Small/Medium enclosures can be substituted for Large Enclosure for testing mice.

Any-maze™ Video Tracking System with laptop.  Up to two mazes/enclosures selected from the SDI offerings on the WEB site.  (Note: The laptop is included and is the property of San Diego Instruments so it must be returned with the system.)

Other Systems you may want to consider and can be made available for loan are:

Gemini Avoidance System - Passive and Active Avoidance and Learned Helplessness paradigms. Research drugs for cognitive enhancement.

Place Preference - Used for addiction studies.  Test stations can be either two compartment or three compartments.  Researcher must decide in advance which style is desired.

Rotor Rod - Motor skill measurement.  Can be configured for rats, mice or both.  The SDI Rotor Rod is very tall and the only motivator used is fear of falling .  Note:  Shipping costs are high for this unit due to its size.

In addition, our friends at SDI are willing to work with individuals to setup additional behavioral systems for our loan program. If they have a system that could help establish your research program, and it is not currently available in our loan program, please go ahead and submit a proposal for that particular system. SDI will try hard to accommodate your specific research needs.

Additional product information available at:


  • - iMotions Core Module
  • - Facial Expressions Analysis Module
  • - iMotions Survey Module
  • - 2 (60 minute) Training Sessions with one of our Product Specialists
  • - 2 years of Support and Upgrades

iMotions, Inc. is the only biometric research software in the world that can provide full integration and synchronization of multiple modalities and hardware like eye tracking, GSR, EMG, ECG, EEG, facial expression analysis and surveys. iMotions software allows for sensor integration, stimuli presentation, data collection, analysis and export, and more.

Nikon Instruments

E400 Microscope with trinocular head and adapters to accept digital camera.  Included is an Epi-fluorescence illuminator and mercury light source.  Filter cubes for DAPI, FITC, TRITC and Cy5.  Microscope objective are Plan Fluor 4x, 10x, 40x dry and 100x oil immersion. 


Awardees are responsible for costs of shipping to and from the supplier.  All equipment will be returned cleaned, sanitized and in a good working condition.


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