Upgrade and Renovation of the UK Animal Research Facility

  • Sherwood, Leslie (PI)
  • Dickey, Kenneth (CoI)
  • Kincer, Jeanie (CoI)
  • Smiley, Jeffrey (CoI)

Grants and Contracts Details


To provide quality animal resources for NIH-supported research, the University of Kentucky (UK) requests $700,000 support for alterations and renovations to UK's largest animal facility, the Central Animal Facility (CAF), as part of a $2,249,521 project. The overall goals of the proposed renovation are to provide an optimal rodent research environment and to improve experimental facilities to support expanded biomedical/biological sciences research at UK. The specific aims are: Specific Aim 1. To expand rodent housing capacity and enhance the housing environments of research rodents, particularly GEM mice, by installing pressurized individually ventilated (PIV) microisolator caging in the CAF. Specific Aim 2. To improve sanitation and enhance animal program efficiency by renovating and upgrading the rodent cage wash facility in room CB13/28. Specific Aim 3. To expand rodent research space by adding urgently needed experimental procedure rooms to meet increased demand created by significant program expansion. These renovations and upgrades support UK's long-term goal to expand federally funded biomedical/biological science research by 50% by 2010. The proposed renovation project will allow UK to address the short-term goal of eliminating barriers to the efficient conduct of research. It will ensure UK's ability to meet the long-term goal to advance biomedical research by providing the high quality animal care infrastructure necessary to meet requirements for projected growth. Finally, this renovation will address the long-term goal of concentrating financial and other resources on the larger, more modern animal facilities, which can be efficiently maintained to AAALAC standards. This planned consolidation of animal care and research will ensure the most efficient animal care, housing, and security.
Effective start/end date9/15/046/30/07


  • National Center for Research Resources: $700,000.00


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