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Research / Discovery

OVPR: Core, Specialized Facilities funding

Auust 30, 2013

Third round of funding from the Research Administration/Resources for Scholarly Programs allocation provides seed money for 14 facilities on campus.

Electrical Engineer David Brunkow supervised moving the Raytheon ASR11 solid state S-band radar transmitter inside its customized operating container at the CSU-CHILL radar site in August 2013. Master Radar Technician Robert Bowie (not shown) assisted. Photo by Pat Kennedy. Colorado State University offers internal and external researchers access to state-of-the-art research tools, facilities, and expertise, as well as access to CSU's quality artistry and scholarship, and opportunities for training on the use and application of sophisticated equipment and/or methods.These shared specialized facilities, under the oversight of the Office of the Vice President for Research, include:

OVPR also manages the distribution of funds from the Research Administration/ Resources for Scholarly Programs (RA/RSP) Core and Specialized Facilities allocation, supported by a small percentage of each research grant secured by CSU researchers. In total, the OVPR distributed $578,000 from the RA/RSP program in FY13. 

The OVPR will have distributed $4 million since the 2008 initiation of the Core and Specialized Facilities RA/RSP allocation, including the $1.2 million that will be allocated to this round of recipients.   

“The Core and Specialized Facilities funding is seed money that can be used to enable the establishment of new facilities and/or for strategic growth and expansion of existing facilities,” explained Jessica Prenni, director of Specialized Facilities, who oversees the funding program.

Funding allocations

Requests for funding from the allocation are reviewed by a committee of stakeholders, including university faculty, researchers and deans, which makes recommendations to the Vice President of Research who makes the final funding decisions.

The following Core and Specialized Facilities were selected from the latest round of proposals to receive funding for FY14-FY15:

“Core and Specialized Facilities are a vital piece of the research infrastructure here at CSU," said Bill Farland, Vice President for Research. "The OVPR is committed to supporting these shared resources in order to encourage and promote research excellence, innovation, and faculty collaboration and achievement in research and scholarship.” 

The next RFP for this program will be announced in early 2015 with funding to begin in fiscal year 2016.

A list of all of the facilities and laboratories that offer research services to all CSU researchers on a fee-for-service basis can be found online.

Contact: Jessica Prenni