How Are Core Facilities Funded?
Every core, by definition, will receive recharge income in return for its services. Some cores also receive subsidies from their host department or center or have grant funding, either of which can reduce the cost of providing services. Nonetheless, many cores set their rates below cost to allow investigators to purchase products and services which they could not otherwise afford. The resulting deficit must be covered by other funds.
Given the critical contribution of cores to the success of its research program, the Feinberg School runs an annual funding competition open to facilities that benefit primarily, but not exclusively, Feinberg investigators. Applications are due on April 15th for the fiscal year that begins on September 1st. Applications are reviewed by the Research Cores Committee in May and award announcements are typically distributed in July.
Feinberg primarily funds operating expenses. Requests are expected to be proportional to the cost and quantity of services provided, and facilities do not have to be wholly dedicated to providing core services to request funding. A larger organization that leverages its resources to provide limited core services to Feinberg investigators may request funding related to those services. However, core funding may not be used to subsidize other activities of the organization.
Funding in one year does not imply a future commitment. Every core competes annually, and previously funded cores will be evaluated based on the amount of service provided in the previous year, continued strategic need, and user satisfaction. Requests greatly exceed available funds, so funded cores must demonstrate efficiency to ensure that Feinberg invests its limited resources in a way that allows the highest possible return to its investigators.
Equipment requests are not part of the annual competition, but may be made on an individual basis directly to the Vice Dean for Scientific Affairs and Graduate Studies. Institutional funds for equipment are also offered on a competitive basis by the Northwestern University Office for Research.
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This page last updated Nov 9, 2012