Laboratory Equipment Re-Purpose Opportunity
Automated Liquid Handler and Real-Time Thermocycler

Proposal timeline for the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Proposals are due on or before December 3, 2021
  • Proposal selection announced in January 2022


During the COVID pandemic, the University built and operated a COVID testing facility on the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technology developed by researchers in the Department of Bioengineering. The University purchased the equipment needed to perform LAMP COVID testing in serving the Rice community.

Laboratory Equipment Re-Purpose Opportunity:

As the LAMP COVID testing team plans to phase out testing at the end of the Fall semester, the University is accepting proposals for how the equipment could be used in the future in an undergraduate teaching lab at Rice. Proposals should specify which pieces of equipment are being requested.

Equipment Descriptions:

Hamilton MicroLab Prep
Hamilton Company, 2021

Hamilton MicroLab Prep (4 available)

The Hamilton MicroLab Prep is an automated liquid handler. It has a touch-screen interface to program specific liquid handling tasks, such as aliquoting a sample, filling a multi-well plate, or other repetitive pipetting tasks. There are eight positions on the floor of the instrument that can be filled with multi-well plates, pipette tips, microtubes or centrifuge tubes, or additional accessories like heaters and/or mixers. The instrument is versatile and reduces human error in terms of pipetting accuracy, cross-contamination, and keeping track of sample addition to large plates. The plastic casing around the instrument can be removed, and the instrument can be placed into a standard biological hood for use with biohazardous materials. Otherwise, the plastic casing can remain on and the instrument can be placed on a standard laboratory bench. For more information, please see the manufacturer’s product information.

Bio-Rad CFX96 Touch Thermocycler
Bio-Rad, 2021

Bio-Rad CFX96 Touch Thermocycler (3 available)

The Bio-Rad CFX96 Touch is a real-time thermocycler that accepts 96-well plates. It has six channels, including five colors and one FRET channel. Samples as low as 10 µL can be loaded into each well, and up to five targets can be multiplexed into a single reaction. Real-time PCR, real-time isothermal amplification, melt curves, and other molecular processes can be run on the instrument. Data is analyzed via Maestro software. For more information, please see the manufacturer’s product information.


Full-time faculty members at Rice are eligible to apply.

Review process:

The review of proposals will be carried out by a review panel and the Vice Provost of Research.

Selection criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. The quality, significance, and potential impact of the project;
  2. The contribution the project makes to furthering the Vision for the Second Century (V2C2), particularly in proposals that help the University provide transformative undergraduate education.

How to apply:

Proposals must be submitted using this webform by December 3, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Proposals must include the following in a single PDF document:
1. A project description (in 12-point type, 1 inch margin) written such that a faculty peer will be able to understand the significance, scope, and objectives of the proposal. The project description should be no more than two pages, including figures; and should specify which instrument(s) is needed for the project;
2. An abbreviated curriculum vitae for each applicant of no more than five pages per CV. NSF or NIH Biosketch is acceptable.