College of Liberal Arts

CoLA LabSpace Program

Wet lab in the Student Activity Center conducting endocrinology research

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to offer LabSpace, a college-wide program providing first-rate research facilities and technical support to Liberal Arts faculty engaged in externally funded research, and academic departments in need of programmatic research space.   

Labs are awarded through a competitive proposal process, and may include periodic review for sustained research activity.  Terms of use will vary based on the type of lab awarded: Project Lab, Program Lab, or Start-up Lab. 

Contact LabSpace at any time for more information.

Progam Overview: Eligibility and Participating Departments | Lab Award Terms | Available Facilities and Labs | Proposal Review and Awards | Liberal Arts ITS Support

Eligibility and Participating Departments

Faculty members with an active tenured or tenure-track primary appointment in the College of Liberal Arts are eligible for a LabSpace award.  All Liberal Arts departments and centers participate in LabSpace, except Population Research Center (PRC).  PRC affiliates who manage external grants through PRC should contact the PRC director about space needs. Collaborative projects between PRC affiliates and faculty members from other Liberal Arts departments may be eligible for LabSpace awards. 

Lab Award Terms

LabSpace manages three award categories:  

Project Labs are for externally funded research projects conducted by Liberal Arts faculty members. A Project Lab award has a well-defined scope matching that of the external grant, award, or gift.  

Program Labs are for departmental programmatic research, and instructional needs. Examples of Program Labs include lab-classrooms, student research labs, facilities housing shared highly-specialized equipment, and labs dedicated to collaborative strategic research areas or methods. 

Start-up Labs are awarded to individual faculty members as part of a recruitment offer or a counter-offer. Exact terms of a Start-up Lab award are included in the Prior Approval Request (PAR) document. 

Available Facilities and Labs

Most LabSpace labs are located in the Liberal Arts Building (CLA), the Student Activity Center (SAC), and Belmont Hall (BEL).  Research space constitutes a large and important part of these buildings which have the infrastructure for wet labs, recording and interview rooms, computational labs, office-style (dry) labs, conference rooms, and offices. (NOTE: CLA, SAC, and BEL cannot support animal housing.)

Please contact LabSpace to discuss possible space configurations before submitting your proposal.  If a proposed lab requires new construction or renovations, the proposal should identify funding sources for construction costs. 

Contact LabSpace to discuss potential labs in buildings other than CLA, SAC, or BEL. 

Proposal Review and Awards

LabSpace proposals are reviewed and evaluated by the LabSpace Faculty Advisory Commitee. Based on the committee's recommendations, the committee's chair determines the award details and communicates award decisions to the applicant(s).  LAITS operates and manages facilities in consultation with the committee's chair, as well as manages any related renovations and building projects.

Members of the LabSpace Faculty Advisory Committee:

  • Brian Roberts, Chair; Department of Government and Director of Texas Archeological Research Laboratory
  • Kim Fromme, Department of Psychology
  • John Kappelman, Department of Anthropology
  • Richard P. Meier, Department of Linguistics
  • Chandra L Muller, Department of Sciology
  • Kenneth R. Young, Department of Geography and the Environment 

Liberal Arts ITS Support

LabSpace awardees may request a variety of assistance from LAITS after receipt of their award. These services may include equipment purchasing and setup, facilities planning and design, computer and network management, server and database administration, and other administrative and technical activities. LAITS will provide reasonable assistance to help new labs get up and running, and allow investigators to focus on research.

Grant Barger

Assistant Director for Facilities

Adrienne Witzel

LabSpace Program Officer

CoLA Grants Services

Project Labs

Program Labs