Usage Fees

Fees collected from microscope users contribute to the purchase of supplies and replacement equipment necessary for the operation of the MCF and support the cost of the service contract ($22,000) for the Leica TCS SP5 Confocal Microscope. Please refer to the Fee Schedule below.

Academic Institutions

  Standard Rate Training1 Assisted Usage Off-peak Usage2 Long Live-sample usage3

Leica SP5 (confocal)

$25/hr $300/2 sessions $50/hr $20/hr $15/hr

IMAGE ANALYSIS/CONSULTATION

$35/hr        
Pilot Programs $0/hr See description of pilot program below.

1 4-5 hours with technician, plus independent time
2 Outside of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
3 The “long live-sample usage” rate applies to live-cell imaging sessions that exceed 8 hours and are performed during off-peak hours.

Commercial Users

  Standard Rate

Training1

Assisted Usage

Long Live-sample Usage2, 3

Leica SP5 (confocal)

$75/hr $300/2 sessions $110/hr $30/hr

Image Analysis/Consultation

$100/hr      

1 4-5 hours with technician, plus independent time
2 Outside of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
3 The “long live-sample usage” rate applies to live-cell imaging sessions that exceed 8 hours and are performed during off-peak hours.

Pilot Programs

(Not applicable to commercial users)

A pilot study is a preliminary study conducted in order for the researcher to be attempt to evaluate feasibility, time, cost, and test fluorophore settings of prepared samples. The researcher may want to complete a pilot study in an attempt to improve upon the study design prior to performance of a full-scale research project or gather preliminary data for a grant.

Pilot studies please contact the confocal technician. 

Fixed Sample Imaging

Each lab may work with the Microscope Core Facility staff to evaluate the Leica SP5 (confocal) or AFM for 2 hours to develop a working fixed sample imaging protocol. Successful pilot runs can be followed by training and usage at the applicable rate.

Live Sample Imaging

Each lab may work with the Microscope Core Facility staff to evaluate the Leica SP5 (confocal) or AFM for 10 hours to develop a working fixed sample imaging protocol. Successful pilot runs can be followed by training and usage at the applicable rate.

To sign-up for a pilot study you will contact the confocal technician and they will sign up for time (users are not able to sign up for pilot studies). The confocal technician will sit with you for the 2 hours or image for you for 2 hours, whichever you prefer. Once the 2 hours is up, charges will start to accrue at the normal fee scale. One pilot study is possible per project, and the amount of pilot studies may be limited based on confocal technician availability.