A recharge facility can be defined as a centralized, shared resource that provides investigators with access to instruments, technologies and services as well as expert consultation. A typical recharge facility is a discrete unit within an institution and has dedicated personnel, equipment and space for operations. In general, recharge facilities recover their costs of providing service in the form of fees that charge a user’s fund based on actual utilization.
Due to the audit risk associated with internal cost transfers, the University requires a considerable amount of detail in the generation of fees and transparency in the accounting for recharge operations. RSPA and the Office of the Vice President for Research work together, along with recharge facility personnel, to create rates and accounting practices that comply with University policy.