Shared Research Resources

Shared Research Resources

FASEB affirms the importance of properly acknowledging shared resource facilities, including core facilities, national laboratories, stock centers, and shared instrumentation, in scientific communications. This simple act helps demonstrate the value of these resources and is important to ensuring their continued funding and development.

Research requires resources. Shared resources create economies of scale. A bigger, stronger scale empowers an ecosystem that more efficiently expands and distributes vital assets to biomedical researchers. At least, that’s the world FASEB envisions. 

However, a recent FASEB survey revealed obstacles our member societies face in sharing research resources. To address those issues, our members generated an exhaustive report, “Maximizing Shared Resources.”

Maximizing Shared Resources

The series of FASEB reports, “Maximizing Shared Resources,” identified several barriers to shared research resources—assets that are vital to the scientific community and researchers’ commitment to delivering lifesaving biomedical advances:

  • Funding and business operations
  • Discoverability and access
  • Ability to meet evolving needs
  • Career track and staff development

Below are links to the series of FASEB’s shared research resources (SRR) reports:

Shared Research Resources Roundtable

To tackle these issues, FASEB convened a roundtable, which came away with several common themes. Those included the need for a national strategy and improved management and organization. Participants also cited the importance of developing standardized metrics and changing the SRR culture to ensure the sustainability of shared research resources. 

The roundtable’s key takeaways included:

  • Expanding researchers’ access to SRRs
  • Deepening partnerships within and across institutions and regions
  • Strengthening leadership to support SRR goals and vision
  • Improving collaborations/relationships with federal agencies
  • Increasing awareness and education of SRR careers
  • Developing best practices for data management
  • Recognizing acknowledging SRRs in grants and publications