Life Sciences Core Fee FAQs

What if I am temporarily without outside funding and I need to use the core to gather preliminary data to apply for new grants? We are asking that you include the core fees in any request that you make for bridge funding to the VPR. All projects for bridge funding will need to be reviewed by the Dean and your department chair. Departments will be expected to provide some matching bridge funding for projects they think have some likelihood of successfully attracting external finding.

How do I make arrangements to pay the core fee? We are currently creating an online form which will serve as an application to use the cores. Each PI/lab group will have to complete and submit the form along with an account number to charge for the fees.

What is included in the core fees? The lab fees cover use of all standard equipment in the Molecular, Tissue Culture/Chemistry/greenhouse and Behavioral cores. The following items are not covered by the core fees:

DNA sequencing
NMR X-Ray Crystallography
Technician time/services
Animal care per-diems
Materials such as reagents and other disposables used for your work in the cores.

As additional equipment is purchased for cores, we will re- evaluate whether its use will be covered by the flat fee or will be charged on a fee-for-service basis.

Why do we have to pay core fees? Doesn’t the overhead I bring to the University cover these kinds of expenses? While the Life Sciences are provided a state budget to operate the building, the budget is not large enough to cover all expenses related to service contracts and equipment maintenance. The user fee will help support these resources and ensure that the equipment is maintained.

How was the fee decided? A group of scientists was selected to work with the Life Sciences Director, Dr. Millis, and Christian Olsen, Director of CAS Tech Services, to set the core fees. This group recommended a flat fee for basic services rather than charging scientists individually derived fees for specific services. This approach was considered easier for PI’s to plan their budgets and it would minimize the book keeping requirements. The campus auditor examined all the expenses related to running the core facilities and approved the rate of $2500. . The fee will be reviewed yearly and raises will be made as appropriate to meet the mission of the scientific investigators.