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Core Administrators Network

The Core Administrators Network - Coördinating Committee (CAN-CC) was established in 2010, with the goal of facilitating interactions between core scientists and administrators and to facilitate networking among core administrators. The committee’s mission is based on the understanding that research core facilities exist at the interface of the administrative, financial and scientific sectors of a research organization. Many institutions have established administrative positions designed to assist core facilities with management of economic, regulatory and performance issues. The CAN-CC focuses on facilitating discussion of issues faced by core administrators. A major goal of the CAN-CC is to create a community for core administrators within the framework of the ABRF. 


Current Membership

Veronica Rice  (Chair) - Nationwide Children’s Hospital 
Nancy Fisher   (EB Liaison) -  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Katherine Hale - MD Anderson  
Justine Karungi - University of Kansas Medical Center
Heather Richards - Ohio State University 
Andrew VinardUniversity of Massachusetts - Amherst
Jeffrey Smith   - Johns Hopkins SOM

Let us hear from you!

Check out the CAN-CC Discussion forum - a listserv that is dedicated to CAN-CC activities, is public and archived.  You can post a comment or respond to an ongoing discussion by clicking here:  CAN Discussion Group.  Once registered, you can also post and read directly from your email!

Core Administrators Network

ABRF responds to NIGMS Request for Information Notice Number: NOT-GM-16-103

On April 4, 2016 the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) issued a request for information (RFI) on the “Need for and Support of Research Resources for the Biomedical Research Community.” Resources are defined broadly, including reagents, instrumentation, software, and even the manipulation of biological systems to produce tools. Respondents were asked to describe needs and opportunities at the investigator, institutional, regional and/or national level. Feedback will be used to inform NIGMS’s investment in resources and may lead to new programs or activities. Comments were due by June 3, 2016 and submitted to Additional information can be found in the RFI notice (NOT-GM-16-103).

At the request of the Executive Board, and on behalf of ABRF, the Core Administrators Network – Coördinating Committee (CAN-CC) provided the following response.

ABRF Annual Meetings

It was great seeing everyone at ABRF2018 in Myrble Beach! 
For archived meeting information including programs and presentations please visit here
Keep an eye out for information on ABRF2019 - March 23-26 in San Antonio here

Special NIH Workshop - Enhancing Efficiency of Research Core Facilities

The NIH partnered with the ABRF to host a one day workshop the day before ABRF2015 in St. Louis, March 28. The goal of the workshop was to identify lessons learned and best practices for enhancing the efficiency of research core facilities. NIH characterized its support and policies affecting cores. Institutional leaders presented their experience and perspective on obstacles and solutions to enhancing efficiency including centralizing management, sharing, and co-locating cores. Videos and associated slides of the meeting can be found online (part 1, part 2, part 3).

ABRF Career Development Committee

Many U.S. Institutions have created job families specifically for directors, managers and staff working in core facilities. The ABRF Career Development Committee has compiled links to information from several institutions. Please visit the Career Development Committee page for more information. 

Core Facility Acknowledgement: BioTechniques New Policy

BioTechniques: the International Journal of Life Science Methods has just announced a new policy regarding attribution of core facilities in publications. Their new policy is that submitted manuscripts should include acknowledgement of any use of core facilities. The journal will now ask authors during final acceptance if they worked with a core laboratory. 
The ABRF will continue to champion the adoption of similar policies by other scientific journals. Please note that the ABRF Website provides Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts (please click here [link to authorship guidelines] for more information). 

August ABRF Response to the NIH Request for Information on the SIG Program (S10)

Response to NOT-OD-14-104. 
This letter pulls together input from both the ABRF Executive Board (EB) and the Core Administrators Network – Coordinating Committee (CAN-CC). EB & CAN-CC Response 

March 2014 NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (PAR14-073) FAQs

The purpose of these FAQs is to provide answers to questions regarding new instructions for the Institutional Letter of Support and other issues related to this grant mechanism SIG FAQs


Meeting materials from ABRF 2013, including presentation files are available on the ABRF meetings archive page:

    - ABRF2013 Presentations 

Membership History

Michelle DetwilerRoswell Park Cancer Institute past EB liaison: 10/10 - 02/11
George S. GrillsCornell University past EB liaison: 02/11 - 03/13
Phil HockbergerNorthwestern University Member, Co-Chair: 10/10 - 04/15
Karen JonscherUniversity of Colorado Denver past EB liaison: 02/11 - 03/12
Connie NicklinUniversity of Florida ICBR Member: 10/10 - 06/15
Diane TabariniMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Past member: 10/10 - 03/14
Anthony YeungFox Chase Cancer Ctr past EB liaison: 10/10 - 02/11
Paula TurpenUniversity of Nebraska Medical Centerpast EB liaison: 03/14 - 02/16
Andrew VinardUniversity of MiamiMember: 4/13-10/15


  1. 2012 CANCC Report to the EB
  2. 2012 CANCC Report to the EB
  3. ABRF Executive Board and the Core Administrators Network – Coordinating Committee response to NIH Request for Information: Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10), notice number NOT-OD-14-104.
  4. Best Practices for Core Facilities: Handling External Customers
    Philip Hockberger, Susan Meyn, Connie Nicklin, Diane Tabarini, Paula Turpen, Julie Auger
  5. CAN-CC ABRF2012 Poster
  6. CAN-CC at ABRF2011
  7. Compiled notes from the Midwestern Association of Core Directors (MWACD) Administrative Meeting held October 17, 2013
  8. Core Models Roundtable - ABRF2012
  9. FAQs for Costing of NIH-Funded Core Facilities
    The purpose of these FAQs is to provide answers to common questions raised regarding NIH-funded core facilities and other applicable research related facilities that support NIH grants.
  10. FAQs for March 2014 NIH Shared Instrumentation Grants (PAR14-073): The purpose of these FAQs is to provide answers to questions regarding new instructions for the Institutional Letter of Support and other issues related to this grant mechanism.
  11. Managing NIH Resources - Sally Rocky (2011)
  12. Organization, management and operation of contemporary academic mass spectrometry service facilities.
    Karl V. Wood (Purdue University) and David L. Hachy (Vanderbilt University) JOURNAL OF MASS SPECTROMETRY J. Mass Spectrom. 35, 1157–1164 (2000)
  13. The future of the NIH - Lawrence Tabak (2011)
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