UCLA Older Americans Independence Center
Levels of Support Provided by Research Cores
1. Consultation (e.g., providing up to several hours of advice, reading a paper or a proposal).
The wealth of resources in the UCLA OAIC and diversity of viewpoints have provided a rigorous level of internal review of publications and proposals. This level of support is provided to many investigators who are directly supported by the OAIC and others whose research may relate to the OAIC’s theme and goals.
2. Short-term (e.g., up to a couple days of consultation, performing assays).
For selected projects and pilots, Research Cores will provide more in-depth services such as conducting specific analyses and performing assays. Decisions about whether these can be supported through a Core’s basic budget versus requiring additional funds will be made on a case-by-case basis depending upon the cost of the request, potential to lead to future funding for OAIC-related research, and level of investigator (junior faculty will receive priority for uncompensated core support).
3. Ongoing or long-term support(e.g., ongoing, part of the project team).
In general, when ongoing support from a core is needed by a project, the effort of core personnel and resources will be budgeted as part of the research proposal or additional funds will be sought. In these instances, investigators will gain the experience, efficiency, and reliability of core services by purchasing them as part of their budget. Some exceptions to the rule that studies must bear these costs will be made to support pilots and junior faculty conducting small studies.
4. Partnership on new proposals
Investigators may enlist OAIC Cores as partners to perform key functions of new research and introduce OAIC-related research questions and hypotheses.