Research Cores

Research Cores

Our Core Facilities provide access to highly specialized services such as instruments, technologies, and scientific consultation. Delivered by experienced staff with expertise in designing, conducting experiments and analyzing data to meet the needs of our research community and fulfill our research mission.

iLab Access

iLab Operations Software

UTSA uses the iLab Operations Software (iLab) to manage instrumentation bookings, service requests, and billing. This software provides a unified interface for our research community to use scientific resources offered by our institutional Research Core Facilities. Through the iLab interface, PIs and their Researchers can request/manage equipment reservations and service requests, track work of existing projects, handle billing and invoices, and report financials for usage within or across our listed core facilities.

If there are general questions about iLab, please contact 

New User Access

Registration for UTSA Users

  1. Step 1 - Please navigate to the UTSA iLab Homepage (here)
  2. Step 2 - Select the Sign-Up/Login buttons [top-right] to register with your myUTSA ID (abc123) credentials.
  3. Step 3. Fill out the iLab registration fields in the next registration window.

Non-Principal Investigators:

  1. Sub-step 1. Select your PI Group/Lab association and verify your contact information.
  2. Sub-step 2. The PI and Lab Manager will receive a notification that you have requested a membership to the Group/Lab.
  3. Before you can use core facility resources, your PI/Lab Manager will need to:
    1. Approve your membership
    2. Assign/activate funds to your account (Speedtypes=Project ID/Cost Center)

Principal Investigators:

  1. Sub-step1. Select your PI Group from the dropdown. If your account is not listed, select “PI-Not Listed (UTSA) Lab” and UTSA iLab Support Team will contact you to create your Group/Lab account.
  2. Sub-step 2.Navigate to Left Menu bar > My Groups >Member Request & Funds tab
  3. Sub-step 3.Click the checkboxes under the “Manage Speedtypes“ section to assign funds for each lab member and set Default Speedtype. PIs with a Project ID assigned in PeopleSoft will see these fund numbers (speedtypes) automatically populated to your Group Account. PIs using Cost Centerssuch as Start-Up, Cost-shares, or Department Funds should contact their BSC team to send a confirmation email to for fund approval in iLab.

*All fund information is updated daily and must have a positive budget balance. Please contact us below if the desired fund account is not available in our system.
For more assistance, please contact our UTSA iLab Support Team at

Registration for External Users

  1. Step 1. Complete the External User Access Request Form (here)
  2. Step 2. Register for iLab account:
    1. Complete the iLab Registration Wizard (here)
    2. Receive a welcome email from iLab (typically within one business day) with login credentials.
    3. Use First-Time login credentials to finish account creation. If you are a Principal Investigator/lead researcher, then you will be provisioned as the group account owner. This role will need to add/link/accept all other members to your group account. For assistance with the UTSA iLab System, please contact
  3. Step 3. UTSA Staff will validate if your institution has a Research Core Facility (RCF) Service Agreement with UTSA. If it does not, UTSA will coordinate with your legal contact(s) for signatures. **This agreement must be signed by both institutions before any work can be performed.
  4. Step 4. If an RCF Service Agreement is on file for your institution, your iLab user account will be granted access to UTSA’s iLab System so that you may begin requesting work at our RCFs.

About ORS

The Office of Research Support (ORS) is charged with the administrative and operational oversight of UTSA’s Research Core Facilities to expand the institutional capabilities across our research enterprise while fostering a network of collaboration and the advancement intellectual discovery across our research community.

Our primary responsibility is to serve our core facilities by 1) improving the coordination between core facility directors and central administration (i.e. ORS/VPREDKE or College/Department), 2) establishing and maintaining a Business Plan, and 3) support core facilities in a manner that ensures compliance with federal regulations, fiscal sustainability, and alignment with institutional priorities.

For general information regarding UTSA’s Research Core Facilities, please contact