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Vol Vision 2020, UT Core Facilities Program, and NIH RFI

This week, UT announced the implementation of Vol Vision 2020, the updated strategic plan to guide us in the next phase of our journey to join the best public research universities in the nation. This important document cites core facilities as a critical element in supporting and improving the quality of our research infrastructure. The UT Core Facilities Program (UTCFP), launched late in 2014, has made an enormous effort in a short period of time to bolster our research resources and to mirror what is being done at our peer and aspiration institutions.


NIH also recognizes the crucial importance of core facilities, and recently issued a request for information on the need for and support of research resources for the biomedical research community. As an institutional member of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF), UT is planning a response to the ABRF request, which will be incorporated into their response to NIH’s request for information.

As key stakeholders in the core facilities on campus, you are invited to provide feedback for the institutional response for this opportunity. To facilitate this, the UTCFP will be hosting a work group meeting on Monday, May 16, from 1-2 p.m. in 407 Blount Hall.

If you have any questions, please contact Jon Phipps (jphipps@utk.edu), director of UTCFP.