The Office of the Vice President for Research is committed to supporting foundational research infrastructure and facilities necessary to enable excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement in research, scholarship and creative artistry.

“What Core Facilities really represent is the natural evolution of the way we work in science…….such communal centers are a logical outgrowth of science’s increasing dependence on technology and the trend towards more collaboration.”

-Gould, J., Core facilities: Shared Support: Nature

Our CORES program ensures access to state-of-the-art research tools and expertise across the University and enables development of new directions in emerging areas of research and technology.  The OVPR supports CSU Core Facilities by providing stewardship, visibility and leadership for strategic planning and vision.  Infrastructure is supported through competitive internal funding requests sourced through a designated stream of our research F&A.

Types of Research Core Facilities at CSU:

  • Foundational Core Facilities provide access to resources and/or services considered to be essential to the research enterprise.  These facilities serve a broad spectrum of researchers spanning multiple departments and colleges within CSU as well as external academic and commercial partners and represent a center of excellence for a given technology or area of expertise. Foundational Core Facilities are financially supported, in part, by the OVPR to ensure stability and quality of these important resources.  Characteristics of a Foundational Core Facility.
  • Emerging Innovations Facilities provide access to resources and/or services in new or emerging area of research and technology. These facilities may serve a broad or focused spectrum of researchers primarily within CSU.  Emerging Innovations Core Facilities may receive seed support to enable development and ensure agility of resources for new areas of research service.
  • Institutional Core Facilities represent critical physical infrastructure that supports the strategic goals of the CSU research mission.   These facilities may operate as a recharge center and/or may have specific compliance regulation needs.   Institutional Research Facilities are designated through a partnership between college leadership and the Vice President for Research.
  • Specialized Research Service Facilities provide access to resources and/or services within a unit or research community.  These facilities may receive one-time funding support from the OVPR to enable specific activities but are typically supported through their home unit.
  • Research Recharge Centers facilitate resource sharing within a defined user community.  These are typically not financially supported by the OVPR but may access administrative resources to support recharge center operation.


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