Becoming an Institutional Core Facility

A core facility provides access to instruments, technologies, resources, and services,  in addition to expert consultation to multiple groups to support diverse research activities.  

What is an Institutional Core?

  • Provide highly-specialized services that require sophisticated technical skills and equipment, too expensive for individual laboratories or departments to support.
  • Provide strategic scientific impact to the BCH research community.
  • In collaboration with Central Sr. Leadership, are responsible for planning, implementation, ongoing management, and monitoring of these cores.
  • Have a broad, Institution-wide user base from multiple disciplines, departments, and programs.
  • Provide unique services, not widely available from outside sources, including from commercial vendors.
  • Comply with Federal, Sponsor and Institutional regulations including annual reviews and audits.
  • Have strategic and operational approved business plan, which includes a long-term financial sustainability plan.
  • Have a professional management structure with dedicated scientific staff

What are the criteria to become an Institutional Core?

  • Provide highly-specialized services that require sophisticated technical skills and equipment, too expensive for individual laboratories or departments to support.
  • Provide strategic scientific impact to the BCH research community.
  • Have a broad, Institution-wide user base from multiple disciplines, departments, and programs.
  • Provide unique services, not widely available from outside sources, including from commercial vendors.

For more information, contact:

Hernan Santana
Sr. Director of Research Strategy and Resources, and ICCTR
857-218-5628

ResearchCoreResources-ECRAC@childrens.harvard.edu