For many years the CCI User eXperience and Message Effects Labs have provided services to CCI researchers as well as to researchers and programs across the campus and at federal agencies. This June these labs successfully earned UT’s designation of “core facility,” which means they have been recognized by the Office of Research Engagement as being important components of the university’s research portfolio and visibility. This designation provides access to avenues of funding that can be used to support our lab management and instrumentation. It is exciting to have our CCI lab appear with 13 other high profile UT research labs at https://research.utk.edu/core/current-core-facilities/, and it provides CCI with increased visibility across campus while highlighting CCI research.
In addition, we can now have outside users share in supporting the lab financially, and we can more easily include lab support in proposals for external funding. CCI researchers and students will continue to use the lab as they have in the past by scheduling times for research and learning activities, and CCI researchers and students will not be impacted financially, since CICS will be underwriting the costs of CCI research that is not externally funded.
There will, however, be a few changes in how the labs operate that will be shared later this summer.