The agreement means some core facilities and equipment will be available to scientists at all eight institutions at the same rates and terms offered to internal facility users.
The aim of the partnership agreement is to create a greater availability of research support services for faculty at all the Georgia research universities, to minimize duplication of resources, and to expand and maximize collaborative research opportunities.
“One of the key aims of the Georgia Research Alliance has always been to unite our research universities across the state in increasing biomedical innovation and economic development for the benefit of all Georgia citizens,” said GRA president C. Michael Cassidy. “Sharing these core research facilities, which often include expensive equipment and specially trained personnel, is an ideal opportunity to enhance team science while increasing research efficiency and saving time and money.”
The Georgia Research Alliance includes Augusta University, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Mercer University, Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Georgia.
Core research facilities at the eight institutions include immunotherapy and immune monitoring, chemical and biomolecular analysis, nuclear magnetic resonance and DNA sequencing, among others.
“Georgia State University places a high value on scientific collaboration, and we are pleased to embark on this meaningful partnership,” said James Weyhenmeyer, vice president for research and economic development at Georgia State. “In addition to being a financially beneficial hub, it has the potential to advance scientific discovery by uniting research colleagues at GRA universities.”