Core facilities are self-contained labs within the University of Ottawa stocked with state-of-the-art research equipment and run by highly trained experts. They provide access to the cutting-edge services, technology and expertise investigators need to conduct research that is generally too expensive, complex or specialized to carry out on their own. The core facilities program at uOttawa is a unique model that is the first of its kind in the U15.


Core facilities promote shared management of similar or complementary research facilities, whether they are centralized or dispersed, and provide important advantages 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 are 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.

Julie St-Pierre

“Core facilities stimulate creativity. They help us attract and retain top talent and forge partnerships with industry and the public sector.”

Julie St-Pierre

— Associate Vice-President, Research Support and Infrastructure


Core facilities


Research labs supported


Invested in 2020

AE. Lalonde Accelerator Mass Spectometry

A national research facility at uOttawa

The André E. Lalonde Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory is one of 17 national research facilities supported through the Canada Foundation for Innovation's Major Science Initiatives Fund.
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MRI scan of a high-grade glioma in a patient’s brain with graph readings that show the abnormal metabolites in the glioma.

Looking for a safer way to collect data on brain tumours to protect patients

Faculty of Medicine neuroradiologist Thanh Nguyen teams up with the Metabolomics Core Facility to find a non-invasive way to investigate gliomas.
Research data
A ladder leading up to a large keyhole revealing data and science symbols, left. Pedestrians going over a crosswalk made of health-themed progress bars, right.
Research data

Unlocking insights through high-precision data

The Ottawa-Outaouais Research Data Centre (ORDC), one of 26 state-of-the-art core facilities, offers secure microdata for researchers.
Stable isotopes
Professor Clément Bataille using an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer in the Ján Veizer Stable Isotope Laboratory.
Stable isotopes

The life journey of Kik the mammoth

With the help of the Ján Veizer Stable Isotope Laboratory, Professor Clément Bataille and his team analyzed an Arctic woolly mammoth tusk.

How to establish a new core facility

To establish a new core facility, interested faculties must provide a strong scholarly rationale and a detailed operational plan and budget to be reviewed by the Office of Strategic Development Initiatives (SDI) and approved by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI).

Requests are usually considered via a call for proposals (typically held every other year) and must be endorsed and submitted by the faculty dean or vice-dean of research. The request should include the following:

  • A description and rationale for the core facility and the range of services to be provided
  • Proof that the core facility is fully operational with an active user base and a credible plan to grow its user base
  • Proof of strong leadership and an appropriate governance and management structure
  • Detailed financial information demonstrating the seriousness of intent, quality of initial planning and appropriate cost sharing by users, including key information on equipment lists and user fees
  • Confirmation of strong support from the 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 OVPRI 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.

Contact us

Office of Strategic Development Initiatives

Tabaret Hall
550 Cumberland St
Room L315
Ottawa, ON, Canada
K1N 6N5

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