The Multidisciplinary Central Research Laboratory (MCRL) of the University of Ibadan became operational in February 2010. The multi-million naira laboratory was established with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation during the 2008-2012 period of the Foundation’s grant to the University in response to the dearth of expensive, specialised, state-of-the-art equipment needed for research at the cutting edge and the problems of poor management and inadequate infrastructure and security that have constrained the growth and sustainability of research facilities in the past. The concept of centralization enable the pooling of scarce resources for efficient management and sustainable development through the provision, at one location, of adequate security, infrastructure, including water and electricity, and an environment conducive to the operation and use of expensive, highly sensitive equipment coupled with good lighting and effective control of heat, humidity and dust. The laboratory is equipped with modern, state-of-the-art equipment for cutting-edge research in the biological, chemical, physical, agricultural, environmental and medical sciences.
MCRL is located in the Abadina area of the University, next to the University Conference Centre and directly opposite the NATIONAL Archives of Nigeria Zonal Office. The main laboratory is a storey building (two floors) with several wings. Attached to it is a fully equipped Wet Laboratory for preliminary, preparative work.