Core facilities are centralized shared research resources that provide access to instruments, technologies, services, as well as expert consultation and other services to scientific and clinical investigators. Institutions establish core facilities, including the corresponding costing structure of the facility, to provide required services to users generally with all or a portion of the cost of these services charged to users' accounts. The typical core facility is a discrete unit within an institution and may have dedicated personnel, equipment, and space for operations. In general, core facilities recover their cost, or a portion of their cost, of providing service in the form of user fees.
Core Facilities are entities authorized by the Division of Research and Innovation (DRI) to generate revenue by providing fee-based services to the University of Arkansas (UA) research community, the Arkansas Research Technology Park (ARTP), as well as external customers.