Instrument Acquisition and Retirement

Proposal for acquiring and retiring equipment

The Shared Research Facilities Faculty Advisory Committee shall have the task of determining a priority order for equipment acquisition after seeking the advice of their colleagues in the colleges they represent. The SRF will also do a survey of nano‐related researchers on all campuses to ask for suggestions and justifications for new equipment in the SRF.

Acquisition priority will be determined by:

  • Cost vs. benefit
  • Number of people/amount of time the instrument would be used
  • Financial sustainability of the acquisition
  • Distribution of resources between NanoSAFE focused research groups

Ranking of equipment should be done during the summer, prior to the start of the NSF‐MRI cycle, and immediately upon the announcement of any other major research instrumentation proposal we would be eligible to submit to.

Faculty members or administrators wishing to donate equipment to the SRF do so under the condition that it becomes a full and permanent part of the Shared Research Facilities: the equipment must be open for use by anyone and users must pay the relevant fees.

Once donated, the equipment becomes part of the SRF and cannot be reclaimed by the donator, except with consent of the SRF. Acquisition of each donated instrument must be approved by the Faculty Advisory Committee.

Retirement of Instrumentation

When a piece of instrumentation reaches the age where its manufacturer no longer supports it, the Shared Research Facilities will not pay for a service contract on that piece of equipment. The SRF will continue to maintain and service the piece of equipment.

If an older piece of equipment is being used primarily by a single investigator and a comparable, newer piece of equipment exists within the SRF, the SRF reserves the right to seek approval of the SRF Advisory Committee to retire that piece of equipment from the SRF.

An individual faculty member may adopt the instrumentation under the written understanding that other faculty members should be able to use the instrument if desired. We expect this situation to be infrequent.