Who we are
Raise awareness, promote utility of shared scientific platforms and affect how these resources are funded in Canada. Engaging with granting and governmental agencies, institutions, researchers and scientists, instrument manufacturers, industry service providers, industry scientific platform users and industry leaders or any other relevant stakeholders.
Educate research personnel working in scientific platforms by providing resources for leadership, administration and management of facility operations. Educate institutions on the importance of appropriate professional development for leaders of scientific platforms.
Encourage and support scientific platforms in their goal to advance research and improve their service to facility users by setting and promoting best operations & management practices. Promote sharing of these practices between institutions and network members.
Create opportunities for scientific platform leadership and staff to network, exchange ideas and move the field of shared resource management forward in an efficient manner.
Component in the business model
SPs provide access to equipment with a fee-for-service component in the business model. The business model may consist of cost recovery of a diverse nature including any or all of the following: direct institutional support; external grant funding; donations ; hourly user fee charged to operating grants; and annual SP membership fee charged to operating grants.
Meet the collective needs
SPs are usually supported by the Institution to meet the collective needs of its research community. A number of SPs may share a centralized administrative and management structure. Such structures are integral part of SPs and are thus welcome to join the CNSP.