Outside User Policy
The Oxford Tract Greenhouse supports 'outside users' - principal investigators who are not affiliated with UC Berkeley or Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - on a limited basis, provided the projects meet the following criteria:
1. The outside user must fulfill all the requirements of the Berkeley Research Infrastructure Commons Access Agreement
2. Projects must be a legitimate research use that cannot be accommodated at other plant growth facilities in the region
3. Approval must be granted by the Oxford Facility Oversight Committee and RCNR Dean's Office
4. The agreements are on a renewable six month term
5. UC Berkeley and LBL principal investigators have priority; the agreement will not be renewed if those parties require space
6. Projects must be small in size, generally 500 sf floor space or less
7. Outside users pay full cost, and all indirect and administrative costs (69.5% in FY22) per the facility recharge rates
8. Facility users must comply with all applicable UC Berkeley biosafety, security, and health and safety policies
Growth Chamber Policy
There are five shared growth chambers at Oxford Tract available for use by UC Berkeley and LBL affiliates on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please submit a Growth Chamber Sign-Up sheet to the Oxford Tract Facility Manager to be placed on the waiting list.
1. Applications must have an end date and UC Berkeley chart string. After the end date, projects may be ended by greenhouse management and the chamber reassigned to another project. Initial requests must be a year or less in duration.
2. PIs will be recharged for growth chamber space for the entirety of the space request, regardless of occupancy or experimental use, unless the Facility Manager is notified of the end of their project and the chamber is vacated.
3. Contact the Facility Manager at least two weeks in advance if you require reprogramming, cleaning, or pest control services in your assigned growth chamber.
4. The growth chambers at Oxford Tract are old and subject to mechanical and maintenance needs. Facilities Services makes every effort to keep them running but they may fail unexpectedly and repairs can take an extended time to complete.
There is a limited amount of space available in the South Greenhouse basement for installation of new PI-owned chambers. PIs will be responsible for all costs associated with the chamber including installation, commissioning, moving, utility supply, permits, and project management fees. These costs are considerable - at least the cost of the chamber itself. Installations are managed by Capital Projects and take an extended time to complete. Please contact the Facility Manager at least two months before you apply for funding or offer a startup package to determine feasibility and installation costs of an additional chamber to be located at the Oxford Tract.
Once installed, the PI will be responsible for all costs and maintenance associated with the PI-owned chambers such as repairs, cleaning, relamping, and supplies. Chambers must be maintained in working order, and plants adequately maintained therein, or the chamber must be repaired or removed at the expense of the PI or department.
May 22, 2019
A letter from Dean David Ackerly to the Chancellor
April 3, 2019
A Letter from Chancellor Carol Christ to the CNR Community
February 1, 2018
Oxford Tract Planning Committee Report
A report by the committee was recently forwarded to the Chancellor and has been made available to the CNR and greater campus community.
- Oxford Tract Planning Committee Report 02.01.2018
- Oxford Tract Planning Committee Minority Report 02.05.2018
- Appendix A - Letter from Dean Gilless
- Appendix B - Appendix to Letter from Dean Gilless
- Appendix C - University Research Greenhouse Locations
- Appendix D - Report on the Student Organic Garden
- Appendix E - Housing Master Plan Task Force Report
- Appendix F - Housing Survey Preliminary Findings
- Appendix G - Charge Letter to Oxford Tract Planning Committee
- Appendix H - OTPC Meeting Summary Notes
- Appendix I - Map of Oxford Tract and Possible Alternate Sites
- Appendix J - Comments received from CNR community
- Appendix K - Site Ratings
- Appendix L - 2017-18 Housing Master Plan Advisory Group
March 16, 2017
Oxford Tract and the Berkeley Housing Master Plan Task Force Report
In response to a growing need for student housing on the UC Berkeley campus, the UC Berkeley Housing Master Plan Task Force released a report on January 27, 2017 outlining potential sites for the development of new student housing, which included the Oxford Tract Research Facility as one potential site. A CNR committee had previously provided the task force with a report on the impacts of a possible re-purposing of the facility.