Open Access Initiative

Updated: February 5, 2021

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium fosters collaborative efforts among the three CBC Universities: The University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University. As part of these efforts, the CBC aims to serve as an information center for researchers seeking access to specific facilities and services available in the Chicago area.

With the help of the CBC, investigators can now use core facilities at all three CBC universities at “in house” costs. CBC University Provosts have signed a pioneering Memorandum of Understanding (Open Access Initiative) that allows researchers from the three schools to access a partner’s core facilities without paying additional F&A charges.

The original agreement has been amended and extended yearly until 2017. As of January 1, 2018, upon the recommendation of the Inter-Institutional Core Advisory Committee, the “Yearly Assessment” clause to assess the impact of the MOU has been changed to take place every three years. Current MOU covers January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020 time period.


University-Specific Biomedical Research-Relevant Core Facilities Central Portals


▸ CBC-Funded Facilities