New FASEB Report: Leveraging Shared Resources to Improve Research

A new report from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), “Maximizing Shared Research Resources,” identifies the challenges encountered by shared research resources providers and users, and makes recommendations for improvement.

Shared research resources – from core facilities to living collections and national laboratories – make efficient use of funds and broaden researchers’ access to advanced technologies and materials. But shared resource providers face difficulties that limit their ability to offer cutting-edge services.

FASEB surveyed shared resource users and providers and identified four key areas for improvement:

Create better business models for shared resource facilities;

  1. Enhance funding programs that support facilities;
  2. Increase national awareness of shared resources;
  3. Connect researchers with institutional resources.

Click here to view the full report including the survey instrument and analysis of findings. For more information, contact Bethany Drehman, FASEB Senior Science Policy Analyst.

Take FASEB’s Shared Research Resources Survey and share your perspective as a user or provider!

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) wants to learn about your experiences with shared research resources. Please complete this survey by March 2, 2017.

The questions in this 10-15 minutes survey focus on the following topics: (1) resource utilization and unmet needs; (2) the role of facilities in providing access to resources; (3) sources of funding and support for resources; (4) careers in resource provision and development as well as training on best practices. Your feedback will help inform FASEB’s policy positions and recommendations.

Please share this survey link widely with other biological researchers! FASEB is collecting responses from resource users and providers in the US. Survey link: