New UAB Institutional Core Facility Program Launched

Research Administration News New UAB Institutional Core Facility Program Launched

New UAB Institutional Core Facility Program Launched

​The UAB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) is pleased to announce that the following Cores were designated for the inaugural members of the UAB Institutional Core Facility Program (ICFP) in August 2015 (listed in alphabetical order):

Comprehensive Flow Cytometry Core
Epitope Recognition & Immunoreagent Core
Genomics Core Laboratory
Gnotobiotic and Genetically-Engineered Mouse Core
High Resolution Imaging Facility
Human Imaging Core
Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics (MSP) Shared Facility
Metabolism Core
Microbiome Core
Preclinical Imaging Core
Small Animal Microsurgery Core
Transgenic & Genetically Engineered Models Core
University-Wide Structural Biology

The ICFP was created to promote the development and operation of outstanding Core Facilities that can serve the needs of UAB investigators.  The program is designed to provide assistance to Cores in developing sound business plans, preparing and implementing robust standard operating and quality assurance procedures, providing customer-focused service to facilitate the advancement of research and scholarship, and to assist in maintaining the financial stability of the core.

In order to be eligible to apply as an ICFP, Cores are required to demonstrate that they are available to all investigators on campus, document support for at least 20 unique extramurally funded users per year, and show a commitment to community engagement (such as organization of workshops, symposia, courses, etc.). 

Cores with the UAB Institutional Core Facility designation have special responsibilities to the university research community.  These include providing investigators with outstanding services, generating venues for collaborations among investigators across unit boundaries, facilitating recruitment and retention of faculty, providing training for faculty, staff and students in the use of equipment and Core-specific methods, and enhancing the research mission of the institution through Core-based education or outreach activities.

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