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Rates in effect from December 1st, 2021

Training fees

We charge a training fee corresponding to a fixed amount of staff time depending on the complexity of the instrumentation or process being taught. The cost to the user of that staff time will vary depending on their affiliation (see below).

Light microscopy

These fees will be charged in addition to the instrumentation time.

  • Macroscope: 0.5 hours of staff time
  • Standard brightfield and fluorescence microscopy: 1 hour of staff time
  • Widefield fluorescence deconvolution microscopy or widefield tiling: 1.5 hours of staff time
  • Laser scanning confocal microscopes: 2 hours of staff time
  • Spinning disk confocal microscopes: 3 hours of staff time
  • Light-sheet microscope: 3 hours of staff time

Electron microscopy

These fees will be charged in addition to the instrumentation time and/or sample preparation rate.

  • Sputter coating: 0.5 hours of staff time
  • Critical Point Drying: 1 hour of staff time
  • Negative staining: 1.5 hours of staff time
  • Scanning electron microscope: 3 hours of staff time
  • Transmission electron microscope: 4 hours of staff time

Usage fees

For members of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center:

  • All light microscopes except the spinning disks and light-sheet: $18/hour.
  • Spinning disks: $18/hour for first 8 hours, $7/hour for subsequent hours of continuous use.
  • Lavision light-sheet microscope: $48/hour.
  • Electron microscopes: $76/hour.
  • Image analysis workstation: $11/hour.
  • Staff time: $64/hour.

For members of UNC that are NOT part of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
AND for researchers at NCSU:

  • All light microscopes except the spinning disks and light-sheet: $37/hour.
  • Spinning disks: $37/hour for first 8 hours, $9/hour for subsequent hours of continuous use.
  • Lavision light-sheet microscope: $59/hour.
  • Electron microscopes: $76/hour.
  • Image analysis workstation: $11/hour.
  • Staff time: $64/hour.

For non-profit government or educational institutions other than UNC and NCSU (other universities, NIH, etc.):

  • All light microscopes except the spinning disks and light-sheet: $58/hour.
  • Spinning disks: $58/hour for first 8 hours, $15/hour for subsequent hours of continuous use.
  • Lavision light-sheet microscope: $92/hour
  • Electron microscopes: $119/hour.
  • Image analysis workstation: $17/hour.
  • Staff time: $99/hour.

For commercial entities (pharmaceutical, biotech companies, etc.):

  • All light microscopes except the spinning disks and light-sheet: $74/hour.
  • Spinning disk: $74/hour for first 8 hours, $18/hour for subsequent hours of continuous use.
  • Lavision light-sheet microscope: $120/hour
  • Electron microscopes: $150/hour.
  • Image analysis workstation: $20/hour.
  • Staff time: $128/hour.

Electron microscopy sample preparation fees

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