FAQs about LI-COR SURG Educational Matching Grant Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Matching Funds?

Matching funds (for the SURG program) are LI-COR awards that contribute approximately 40% of the funding toward the purchase of the Odyssey® XF Imaging System. Your institution is responsible for the other 60% of funding. Departmental grants, start-up funds, dean or president's funds, National Science Foundation (NSF), Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and large gift donations are just a few examples of where to find alternate sources of funding.

What is the price range for the package?

The Odyssey XF will cost the institution around $27,120 Your institution will save 18.354,- € on the Odyssey XF Standard Package Your institution will save £15,988 on the Odyssey XF Standard Package after the 40% match from LI-COR.

How big is the instrument?

The Odyssey XF is 41.4 cm W x 47.0 cm D x 67.3 cm H (16.3" W x 18.5" D x 26.5" H).

What is the expected timeframe for incorporating the imager into coursework?

Typically, one course incorporates the instrument during the first year, and then additional relevant courses are slowly integrated into the curriculum. Many students also participate in independent study with the instrument.

How do other institutions get matching funds?

Many instructors find that redistributing department funds is more helpful than getting alternate sources of funding. When funding administrators see that this technology will positively impact student recruitment and faculty collaboration, it is easier to get the necessary funding.

Are there any hidden costs?

The only operating costs for the instrument are those associated with the cost of reagents and supplies.

What happens if the instrument is not used over the summer?

The Odyssey XF can be left idle for a period of time, or run on a sporadic basis to fit your schedule. It can be idle for weeks or even months, without any special operational or maintenance considerations.

What type of equipment will I likely need?

  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer (-20 °C, not frost-free)
  • Platform shaker at room temperature
  • Stir plate
  • Mini-centrifuge
  • Gel electrophoresis apparatus and accessories
  • Transfer apparatus and accessories
  • Power supply or equivalent (100V-230V rating)

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