My team and I are interested in implementing a trained CNN (an AlexNet variation) on an FPGA chip.
We would like to know if its possible and what kind of hardware and software we need to acquire in order to start working on it
It is possible. You can use an FPGA(Arria 10 dev kit or PAC card) with Ubuntu 16.04 or CentOS 7.4 with OpenVINO. The instructions to get you started are here. Let me know if you have any further questions.