The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce – LabSpace – a college-wide program to provide first-rate research facilities and technical support to Liberal Arts faculty members engaged in externally funded research.
Contact LabSpace for more information.
Faculty members with an active tenured or tenure-track primary appointment in participating departments in the College of Liberal Arts are eligible to submit LabSpace proposals. All Liberal Arts Departments and Centers are currently participating in LabSpace, except for the Department of Psychology and the Population Research Center (PRC). Psychology and PRC continue to manage lab space internally. Psychology faculty members should work with their department chair to arrange research space. PRC affiliates who plan to manage external grants through the PRC should contact the PRC director about space needs. Collaborative projects involving Psychology faculty members or PRC affiliates, along with faculty members from other Liberal Arts departments, may be eligible for LabSpace awards.
Email LabSpace if there is any question of eligibility.
LabSpace manages three, distinct types of labs – Project Labs, Program Labs, and Start-up Labs. Program and Start-up Labs assignments will be reviewed every 4 years.
Project Labs are for externally funded research projects conducted by Liberal Arts faculty members.
Program Labs are for departmental, programmatic research and instructional needs.
Start-up Labs are awarded to individual faculty member as part of a recruitment offer or a counter-offer.
Most LabSpace labs are located in the Liberal Arts Building (CLA), the Student Activity Center (SAC), and Belmont (BEL). Research space constitutes a large and important part of these buildings which have the infrastructure for wet labs, recording and interview rooms, computational labs, office-style (dry) labs, conference rooms, and offices. (NOTE: CLA, SAC, and BEL cannot support labs housing animals.) Please contact LabSpace to discuss possible space configurations before submitting your proposal.
If a requested lab will require construction of unfinished “shell” space, the proposal should identify funding sources for construction costs. Proposals may request LabSpace funding for construction of shell space, but available funding is limited and will be reserved for projects that have secured large, external research grants.
Space in other buildings around the college may be available through LabSpace. Contact LabSpace if you have a question about potential space in a building other than CLA, SAC, or BEL.
The LabSpace Faculty Advisory Committee evaluation will include:
A high priority will be placed on research with external funding. Researchers who do not currently have an external grant — but plan to apply for one — may be awarded a lab contingent on receiving the outside funding.
LabSpace proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by Liberal Arts faculty members who comprise the LabSpace Faculty Advisory Committee. The committee will make recommendations to Dean Randy Diehl and Assistant Dean Joe TenBarge. In consultation with Dean Diehl, TenBarge will determine award details and communicate award decisions to proposal authors.
Liberal Arts LabSpace Faculty Advisory Committee:
All award terms — lab assignment term, support levels, and funding — will be based on the committee’s recommendations and will be specified by the college at the time of the award. Project Lab awards are contingent on the awardee's continued primary, tenured, or tenured-track appointment in the College of Liberal Arts.
It is intended that post-award administration for external grants funding research conducted in LabSpace Project Labs will be managed by LabSpace staff, rather than the PI’s home department. Indirect costs returned will be divided between LabSpace and the PI’s home department. LabSpace will use its portion of indirect costs returned for grant administration and support of LabSpace labs. Contact LabSpace for information about the distribution of returned indirect costs.
LabSpace, Liberal Arts, and Liberal Arts ITS staff is available to assist with researching grant opportunities and preparing proposals. Contact LabSpace for information.
LabSpace awardees may request a variety of assistance from Liberal Arts ITS after the receipt of their award. These services may include equipment purchasing and setup, facilities planning and design, computer and network management, server and database administration, and other administrative and technical activities. Liberal Art ITS will provide any reasonable assistance to help get labs up and running and allow investigators to focus on research.
Please contact LabSpace with any questions regarding the proposal, review, and award process.