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Rates

UNIVERSITY IMAGING CENTERS FY21 RATE UPDATE

Colleagues, 

The University Imaging Centers recently announced and implemented significant rate increases across the board. These changes are needed to address the diminished institutional subsidies and reduced operations and usage over the past eight months. We realize these rate increases have caused hardship and difficulties for many research programs, and as we announced we have been continuously working on solutions to minimize the impact of the higher rates. As a result of these efforts we are now able two communicate two updates.  

First, the Departments of Neuroscience, and Integrative Biology and Physiology will support its faculty by absorbing the rate increase. This will allow their faculty undisturbed access to the extensive UIC resources in order to pursue their research efforts, publications, and grants. 

Second, I am reassigning UIC funds targeted for instrument upgrades to offset user costs at this time. While this will help mitigate the rate increase through the rest of the fiscal year, it will have long-term consequences on the future capabilities of the UIC to support & advance University research. Avoiding these consequences will require a sustained effort to tap funding opportunities in the immediate future, and our faculty will have a key role to play in it. 

Please note these actions do not constitute a rate change. University policy mandates rates be determined by costs and usage, and cannot be arbitrarily modified. The Department of Neuroscience and the UIC are providing a subsidy to temporarily offset the rate increases and avoid extensive and prolonged damage to University research programs.

The new temporarily offset rates are effective immediately and retroactive to December 1st.This will be the final adjustment to UIC rates for the fiscal year.

Additionally, VP for Research, Dr. Christopher Cramer, has tapped Dr. Frances Lawrenz and myself to co-chair a Core Research Facility Review committee. This committee is tasked with assessing service core structures, as well as helping to outline long term support of all core efforts moving forward. Everyone's continued support and input will be critical throughout this process. 

 

Thank you for your patience in these trying times as we continue to navigate this together.

 

Be healthy, safe, and kind,

Mark

 

University of Minnesota Researchers

The University Imaging Centers (UIC) is open to investigators and projects of members of the University of Minnesota community as well as external users.

For more information on using our facilities and the associated policies, please read through our policy page.

Acknowledgments

For the purposes of funding and justification, it is important that if you use the University Imaging Centers services for any aspect of your research, teaching, or publication, you acknowledge those services as having been provided by the University Imaging Centers at the University of Minnesota and thanking the appropriate staff.

Example Acknowledgment

This work was supported by the resources and staff at the University of Minnesota University Imaging Centers (UIC). SCR_020997

  • Acknowledgment should always include the UIC Research Resource Identifier (RRID). The UIC RRID is SCR_020997
  • Remember to acknowledge specific staff when appropriate.
  • For additional information on acknowledging visit the UIC Policy page.
  • If you have any questions on how or if you should acknowledge the UIC please contact UIC staff.

Light Microscopy

Instrument Categories UMN Rates  

UMN Temporary Offset Charge

(Paid for by the UIC & Dept. of Neuroscience)

Advanced Light Microscopy $155 / Hour $75 / Hour
Intermediate Light Microscopy $109 / Hour $55 / Hour
IncuCyte SX5 $55 / Vessel $55 / Vessel
Nikon Biostation $192 / 24 Hours $150 / 24 Hours
Pelco Biowave Microwave
$34 / Hour $20 / Hour 
Leica CM1800 Cryostat No Charge No Charge
Category Inclusions:  
Advanced Light Microscopy: Intermediate Light Microscopy:
  • Leica SP5 MP
  • Nikon A1R FLIM
  • Nikon A1RMP
  • Nikon A1Rsi
  • Leica LMD 6500
  • Nikon A1si
  • Nikon AZ100 C1si
  • Nikon AZ100M
  • Nikon Eclipse 90i
  • Nikon TE2000
  • Nikon TiE
  • Nikon C2
  • Olympus BX2
  • Olympus IX2
  • Panoptiq Imaging System
  • ZEISS TIRF (TIRF Mode)
  • ZEISS Spinning Disk
   

Tissue Clearing & Imaging

Services UMN Rates

UMN Temporary Offset Charge

(Paid for by the UIC & Dept. of Neuroscience) 

Clearing (1-6 Samples Per Run) $345 / Run $345 / Run
Clearing + Antibody Labeling (1-6 Samples Per Run) $597 / Run $525 / Run
Cleared Tissue Imaging (Performed by UIC Staff) $48 / Hour $35 / Hour

Small Animal Imaging

Instruments
UMN Rates

UMN Temporary Offset Charge

(Paid for by the UIC & Dept. of Neuroscience) 

IVIS Spectrum $76 / Hour  $60 / Hour
IVIS 100 $76 / Hour  $60 / Hour
Vevo 2100 $76 / Hour  $60 / Hour
Sofie G8 $125 / Hour  $125 / Hour

Molecular Biology Imaging

Instrument Categories UMN Rates  

UMN Temporary Offset Charge

(Paid for by the UIC & Dept. of Neuroscience)

Typhoon $46 / Hour $45 / Hour
Amersham 600UV $46 / Hour $45 / Hour
Maestro $46 / Hour $45 / Hour


 

Electron Microscopy

Instruments UMN Rates

UMN Temporary Offset Charge 

(Paid for by the UIC & Dept. of Neuroscience)

JEOL 1440 Plus TEM $136 / Hour $136 / Hour 
Hitachi S3500N SEM $74 / Hour $65 / Hour
• SEM: Cryo
$94 / Hour $85 / Hour 
Microtome $34 / Hour $20 / Hour 
Sputter Coater $34 / Run $20 / Run 
Critical Point Dryer $34 / Run $20 / Run  

 

Services UMN Rates

UMN Temporarily Offset Rate 

(Paid for by the UIC & Dept. of Neuroscience)

TEM: Sample-to-Plastic (Standard) $560 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) $325 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run)
TEM: Sample-to-Plastic (Particles) $650 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) $400 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run)
TEM: Sample-to-Plastic (Immunochemistry) $450 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) $275 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) 
TEM: Stained Thin Sections
(Price in addition to Sample-to-Plastic)
$65 / Sample $40 / Sample

TEM: Negative Staining (Includes 30 minutes of imaging)*

*Additional samples, alternate processing methods, and/or additional scope time will incur addtional costs.

$125 / Sample $100 / Sample
SEM: Sample to Coated Stub (Standard) $560 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) $325 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run)
SEM: Sample to Coated Stub (Particles) $450 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) $275 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) 
Serial Block-Face SEM Sample Preparation $850 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) $500 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run)
SEM: Cut, Dry, Mount, Coat (Small) $100 / Stub $60 / Stub
SEM: Cut, Dry, Mount, Coat (Large) $150 / Stub $115 / Stub 
Additional Staff Microtomy $133 / Hour $55 / Hour  
Immunogold Cytohistochemistry Technical Time $133 / Hour $55 / Hour  

Training, Technical Assistance, and Support

Services UMN Rates

UMN Temporary Offset Charge

(Paid for by the UIC & Dept. of Neuroscience)

Training (Flat Fee for up to 2 Users)* $335 / Instrument $150 / Instrument
Technical Assistance & Support $125 / Hour $55 / Hour
Advanced Technical Assistance & Support $168 / Hour $75 / Hour
*
Basic Light Microscopy and Electron Microscopy training are excluded from the flat training fee.
These categories are subject to hourly technical assistance fees. 

Slide Scanning

Services UMN Rates
Brightfield Slide Scanning (1" x 3") $23 / Slide
Brightfield Slide Scanning (2" x 3") $44 / Slide
Fluorescence Slide Scanning $40 / Slide

Output Services

Services UMN Rates
Poster Printing (Standard Paper) $6.00 / Sq. Ft.
Poster Printing (Photo Gloss) $7.25 / Sq. Ft.
Poster Printing (Cloth)
$8.50 / Sq. Ft.
3D Printing Contact Alex Cramer.