Core facilities

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.

How to establish a new core facility

To create a new core facility, interested faculties must undertake a two-step process, first, establishing the scholarly rationale for the core facility and second, providing a detailed operational and budget plan to be coordinated through the Office of Strategic Development Initiatives (SDI). 

The focus the proposal you then submit should therefore be to:

  • Describe the facility you are proposing and the services it will provide.
  • Explain your rationale for creating it.
  • Show that there is strong leadership.
  • Describe the proposed facility management structure.
  • Provide enough financial information to demonstrate seriousness of intent and quality of initial planning and to assess whether  appropriate cost sharing by users has been considered.
  • Confirm the support of your faculty

Your proposal must have two parts:  An MS Word form for narrative information and an Excel spreadsheet for lists and financial information.

Your proposal should be sufficient for SDI and the Office of the Vice-President, Research, to determine whether to proceed to the next step of the process. Also, your proposal should be laid out in such a way that key information on equipment lists and user fees is readily transferable to a website when the facility is established.

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