According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a core facility can be defined as a centralized shared resource that provides investigators with access to instruments, technologies and services as well as expert consultation. A typical core facility is a discrete unit within an institution and has dedicated personnel, equipment and space for operations. In general, core facilities recover their costs of providing service in the form of user fees that are charged to a PI's funds.
The University recognizes the audit risk associated with core facilities and requires a considerable amount of detail in the generation of fees. Notre Dame Research and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Accounting work together, along with recharge facility personnel, to create rates that can withstand the scrutiny of an audit.
For assistance with the University's current recharge policies and best practices, contact:
Director, Grants Business Management
Mailing Address: 317 Main Building
Phone: (574) 631-8805