Core facilities provide services, analysis, instrument and technology access, and expertise researchers require but which are generally too expensive, complex or specialized for them to provide and sustain for themselves on a cost-effective basis.
By fostering common management of similar or complementary research facilities, whether located together or distributed, core facilities offer significant benefits including:
- Broad access to state-of-the art services, facilities and technology
- Financial savings resulting from economies of scale and development and consolidation of in-house maintenance capabilities
- Availability of skilled operators ensuring effective equipment use, enhanced data quality and safe operations
- Increased equipment reliability
- Reduced duplication of effort
Core facilities must be broadly available to all University of Ottawa researchers on a service basis with no requirement for scientific collaboration or co-authorship other than normal acknowledgement based on contributions, in accordance with accepted scientific practice.