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Become a UT Core Facility

The primary goal of the UT Core Facilities Program (UTCFP) is to provide researchers with access to cutting edge services and instrumentation while fulfilling the University’s mission of research and education.  To meet these goals, the UTCFP seeks to identify facilities and services that routinely support multiple independently funded researchers, to organize them under the central programmatic framework of the UTCFP, and to support these units by a variety of means. Participation in the UTCFP is completely voluntary, and the home departments will retain control of resources.

To be considered for recognition by the UTCFP, organizers should first contact their department head and departmental business office to discuss the benefits of operating on a fee for service basis. The facility must then complete the requirements and receive approval from the Office of Budget and Finance to operate as a recharge center. University policy governing recharge centers and cost recovery processes may be found here. Please contact Melissa Johnson (johnsonm@tennessee.edu) for more details regarding the recharge center application process.

Once the facility becomes a designated recharge center, the facility director or manager should contact Jonathan Phipps, director of the UTCFP, (utcfp@utk.edu) to request an application to become a new UT Core Facility.

Proposed facilities will be reviewed by the Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) and the Core Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). ORE and the CFAC will provide the proposed facility director with recommendations regarding the facility and whether any issues exist that may need to be addressed. The AVCRD will make the final decision regarding recognition of facilities and any support provided.