Organizing core facilities as force multipliers: Strategies for research universities

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Force multipliers are attributes of an organization that enable the successful completion of multiple essential missions. Core facilities play a critical role in the research enterprise and can be organized as force multipliers. Conceiving of cores in this way influences their organization, funding, and research impact. To function as a force multiplier for the research enterprise, core facilities need to do more than efficiently provide services for investigators and generate revenue to recover their service costs: they must be aligned with the strategic objectives of a research university. When core facilities are organized in this way, they can facilitate recruitment of faculty and trainees; serve to retain talented faculty; drive, acquire, and maintain cutting-edge research platforms; and promote interaction and collaboration across the institution. Most importantly, cores accelerate the discovery and sharing of knowledge that are the foundation of a modern research university. This idea has been systematically implemented through the Emory Integrated Core Facilities (, which include 16 distinct core facilities and the Division of Animal Resources. Force multiplier core facilities can significantly contribute to the many essential missions necessary for the success of the research enterprise at research universities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biomolecular Techniques
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology


  • Cutting-edge
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Grants
  • Platforms
  • Publications
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Strategic alignment, Diversity


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