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Research Report

Rightsizing Lab Space Allocations

How to Increase Space Efficiency by Aligning Allocations with Researcher Needs and Productivity

September 23, 2020, By Brooke Thayer, Senior Director, Research Development

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At many institutions, there is a mismatch between principal investigator (PI) lab allocations and their actual space needs. In some cases, PIs have more space than their current projects require. In others, PIs lack sufficient space to conduct their research. Along with inhibiting research progress and growth, these discrepancies also increase space inefficiencies and institutional costs since labs are expensive to build and maintain.

This interactive article helps leaders establish procedures for optimizing initial lab space allocations to align with immediate PI needs and fine-tuning allocations over time based on research productivity metrics.

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