Research Computing was founded under the premise that its costs should be covered jointly by the University administration and the faculty who use it. The administration’s funding is provided by the Provost, the Vice President for Research, and the Chief Information Office. Deans, directors, chairs, and faculty fund Research Computing through equipment investments proportional to their intended usage.
Sources of Funding
The UF Data Center and the electrical power it requires are funded by the University. The cost for Research Computing personnel is carried by the UFIT budget and annual investments by the Provost and the VP for Research. Hardware infrastructure is sustained jointly by the UFIT Research Computing budget and faculty investments. Faculty investments come from startup funds, returned overhead funds, departmental and college funds, and grants and contracts. Occasionally funds come from equipment grants to UF from agencies like NSF or other companies; these are not considered in the UFRC sustainability model.
University Commitment to Faculty
Faculty compete for grants in a fierce environment. The ability to show a commitment from the University in support of their work strengthens the chance of positive review by panels and program officers. Research Computing implements a built-in institutional matching plan, allowing faculty to show matching contributions from the institution rather than just a lower rate.
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