Core Facilities Questions Added in ERA Proposals

In order to provide ASU with the ability to assess the impact that ASU’s Core Facilities have on proposal development, and to prepare core facilities to support awarded projects, new questions have been added to the Funding Proposal (FP) SmartForms in ERA Grants. FP 2.3 Program Classification, has been revised to incorporate the two Core Facilities questions below.

FP Help Text will soon be replaced with Inline Manual content (similar to the Inline Manual guidance that is active in ERA Agreements). Guidance for each of the Core Facilities questions will be included as Inline Manual content. An overview of Core Facilities will also be provided in an upcoming RA Seminar (details to follow).

In the meantime, help text is provided below and it is recommended that these questions, links, and examples be built into departmental Intake Forms.

Questions & Inline Manual help text
3.0. * If funded, will this project utilize any of the following ASU Core Facilities?
a. Biosciences (Bioimaging, Bioinformatics, EPR, Flow Cytometry/Stem Cell, Genomics, Mass Spectrometry)

b. Chemical and Environmental Characterization (Goldwater Env Lab, Magnetic Resonance Research Center, Ultrafast Laser Facility)
c. Eyring Materials Center (Bio-EM Facility, Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy, Goldwater Materials Science Facility)
d. Instrument Design and Fabrication (Electronics, Glassblowing, Machine Shops)
e. NanoFab
f. Research Computing
g.
None of the above 
 
Inline Manual help text: RAs and PIs should answer yes to this question if core facilities are budgeted in the funding request. Likewise, yes should be selected if use of ASU Core Facilities is anticipated regardless of whether use fees will be charged.

Examples of how core facilities might be used include:
• Use of analytical instruments or computing resources to collect or process data
• Design and fabrication of a component or device
• Consultation with core staff on experimental design or data analysis

If an applicable core facility is not included in this list, or if questions related to core facilities arise, please contact corefacilities@asu.edu or call 480-965-7890.

4.0 *Were any of the following ASU Core Facilities used to gather pilot data, develop a prototype, or establish proof-of-concept for this proposal?
a. Biosciences (Bioimaging, Bioinformatics, EPR, Flow Cytometry/Stem Cell, Genomics, Mass Spectrometry)

b. Chemical and Environmental Characterization (Goldwater Env Lab, Magnetic Resonance Research Center, Ultrafast Laser Facility)
c. Eyring Materials Center (Bio-EM Facility, Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy, Goldwater Materials Science Facility)
d. Instrument Design and Fabrication (Electronics, Glassblowing, Machine Shops)
e. NanoFab
f. Research Computing
g.
None of the above
 

Inline Manual help text: RAs and PIs should answer yes to this question if any of the following applies.
• An ASU Core Facility was used to produce data or materials needed for ground work prior to proposal development

• The proposal significantly utilizes data made available through use of ASU Core Facilities

• ASU Core Facilities are mentioned in technical components of the proposal, and bolster merit review.

Example: A PI uses an ASU Core Facility to generate data for a pilot study funded with startup (or could be seed funds from a variety of sources). The pilot study results indicate that there is merit to the research hypothesis.   The PI writes a proposal for a full-fledged research project. The PI/RA select the specific Core Facility in response to this question.

If an applicable core facility is not included in this list, or if questions related to core facilities arise, please contact corefacilities@asu.edu or call 480-965-7890.