In order to be considered an equipment fabrication, the following criteria must be met:

  • Is not available on the open market.
  • Will be free-standing and movable.
  • Will have an estimated cost of $5,000 or more.
  • Parts will be purchased from multiple vendors and/or via multiple purchase orders.
  • Will be built at least partly by department personnel.
  • Upon completion, will be placed into service for one year or longer, will not be a deliverable to the sponsor, UC will retain title, and the finished product will be a one-of-a-kind item.
  • Outside labor as well as labor provided via an authorized recharge activity can be included in the fabrication cost; the cost of departmental labor cannot.

Note: Fabricated computer clusters must be constructed by the department and all computers are required to work collaboratively toward an end result. Ports may include individual monitors and keyboards, but the predominant function of the system must support a research project and/or perform mathematical or physics calculations. Computer networks do not qualify as clusters.