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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research Cores

The Office of Campus Research Cores is a new initiative from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) to enhance access to and support of research services at UW–Madison.  The creation of the Office follows the recommendations of a cross-campus Working Group and parallels programs at peer institutions seeking to maximize resource value in the face of increasing competition for funding.  The mission of the Office of Campus Research Cores is to support, coordinate and optimize core structure and services for campus researchers and external clients. First steps include creating an inventory of cores and developing a searchable web directory to increase the visibility of core resources to campus researchers, and targeting best-practice processes and tools for common core operational needs.

Directory of Resources for Research Coming Soon.

Working Group on Scientific Core Resources Report and Recommendations

Read about the increasingly important role of core facilities for collaborative research in: Institutional core facilities: prerequisites for breakthroughs in the life sciences (Meder at al., 2016).


UW–Madison cores are shared resources which offer a wide range of services dedicated to the support of research.  Cores provide access to instruments, technologies, services, training, and expert consultation.  Cores typically recover all or a portion of their costs through user fees, although some subsidized core services may be accessible without direct charge to the user.  Access to cores is through a fair and transparent process that enhances and expands the collaborative capabilities of the research community.  The UW–Madison approach to cores is comprehensive and applies to research services in life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.


  • Readily accessible information on campus cores through a central web portal
  • Campus core facilities have the capacity to serve all who need their services
  • Defined processes to facilitate local decision making concerning phases of the core life cycle
  • Scientific synergies through collaboration


  • Each core facility is used to its fullest
  • Reduced redundancy
  • Increased utilization by internal and external users

Financial sustainability

  • Cost savings and increased revenue generation
  • Best practices in operations, management
  • Range of methodologies for subsidization

Implementation schedule over the next 18 months

  • Appoint a Campus Research Cores Advisory Committee and establish operating procedures.
  • Create a comprehensive list of campus cores.
  • Create a UW Campus Research Cores website that contains a portal of cores and links to cores websites as well as a library of forms for use in management, including a list of required reports.