Core facilities are centralized shared research resources that provide access to instruments, technologies, services, as well as expert consultation and other services to researchers.
A core operates similar to a small business – engaging various combinations of faculty, staff, supplies, and equipment to provide goods and services in direct support of the research or academic mission of the University.
Core service centers recover some or all of their costs through fees charged to users, including federally sponsored projects, based on established billing rates and actual usage of service. Northeastern recognizes three types of core service centers:
- ordinary shared instrumentation cores,
- academic service centers, and
- specialized service centers.
The University invoices and charges the users based upon an approved rate schedule with priority given to internal NU users.