They provide access to the cutting-edge services, technology and expertise that investigators need to conduct research that is generally too expensive, complex or specialized to carry out on their own. Led by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI), 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.
“Core facilities stimulate creativity. They help us attract and retain top talent and forge partnerships with industry and the public sector.”
— Associate Vice-President, Research Support and Infrastructure
Research labs supported
Invested in 2020
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.