Frequently Asked Questions
What is considered "research" for the Space Utilization Survey?
Descriptions of all Space Activity Codes may be viewed on pages 3-7 of the 2010 Space Utilization Survey document.
This sample listing of SAC codes demonstrates how the definitions clarify room use for research:
Organized Research space is used for conducting (a) sponsored research and development activities that are funded in the form of contracts or grants from the federal, state or local governments, private foundations, other outside parties, University cost sharing companion accounts for sponsored research projects and (b) sponsored clinical trials and (c) University research activities funded under the "faculty research and innovation funds" which are separately budgeted and accounted for by the University under internal application of institutional funds. Examples of space coded as Organized Research include research laboratories, research laboratory service rooms, research computer rooms, research storage rooms and office space of faculty and staff. Organized Research space also includes research training space and animal facilities used for organized research projects (e.g. Procedure Rooms, Operating and Recovery Rooms, Isolation Rooms, Quarantine Rooms directly related to research protocols, rooms that house animals involved in research that are not generally removed from the facility for conducting research). This will also include the High Performance Computer used for research in the 3434 S. Grand Avenue Building.
||Sponsored Instruction or Training
This category includes space used to conduct teaching and training activities that are funded by contract or grant sponsored by federal and non-federal agencies and organizations. This excludes space used for Research Training that is included in Organized Research, above.
This includes space used for research activities other than those defined as Organized Research as defined above. It includes, for example a laboratory or computer room assigned to researchers who are working on research projects that are funded by a school or academic department from unrestricted funds (accounts beginning with 12) or from gifts (accounts beginning with 22).
Departmental research is space used for general research that is not separately budgeted and accounted for. This includes preliminary research and individual research efforts that do not receive external or specific internal funding. An example of such programs and projects are seed or start up funds for a new faculty member. Space coded as Departmental Research does not need to be supported with an account or grant number.
This includes space occupied by recharge centers such as the Mailing and Material Management Services and the Animal Resources (Vivaria) with the exception of animal facilities used for Organized Research (SAC 1).
This includes space used for the management of schools or academic departments. Typical departmental/school administration space includes the space occupied by department chairs, secretarial and administrative personnel performing general departmental duties, (duties that are not directly identifiable to any discrete activity such as organized research, instruction, proposal preparation). It includes the Office of the Dean as well as the space occupied by his/her staff performing school wide, divisional or departmental administrative duties, associate and assistant deans, department chairs, and business officers.
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