Fees for Equipment and Staff Effort

(effective Jan 1, 2017)
Imaging Instruments
instrument time of use hourly fee
JEOL JEM 1010 prime working hours (Mon-Fri, 8 am - 6 pm) $35
JEOL JEM 1010 evenings & weekends $30
JEOL JEM 1400plus prime working hours (Mon-Fri, 8 am - 6 pm) $45
JEOL JEM 1400plus evenings & weekends $40
JEOL JEM 3200FS prime working hours (Mon-Fri, 8 am - 6 pm) $80
JEOL JEM 3200FS evenings & weekends $60
image of JEOL JEM 1010
  NOTE 1: The above fees apply to all academic users, including researchers from outside the IU system. Commercial users are also welcome to use our facilities and will normally be charged at 3x the standard academic research rate.


image of Wohlwend high pressure freezer
Sample Preparation Equipment
machine unit of use fee
Wohlwend High Pressure Freezer per use no cost except for liquid nitrogen
Leica AFS-2 Freeze Substitution Device per day no cost except for liquid nitrogen
FEI Vitrobot per use $50
EMS manual plunge freezer per use $20
ultramicrotomes per use no cost
sputter coater, critical point dryer, Denton evaporator, etc. per use no cost


image of Leica AFS-2 freeze substitution device

We are attempting to encourage use of the Wohlwend high pressure freezer and the Leica AFS-2 freeze substitution machine by not charging fees for the first few years of their operation. Both instruments do require significant amounts of liquid nitrogen and those costs will be passed on to users. We strongly urge users to consider working with these devices at times when other people would be able to share the liquid nitrogen costs. Be aware that the largest use of liquid nitrogen is initially cooling the machines to their operating temperatures and that once cooled, both machines will stay cold and useful with minimal expenditure of additional liquid nitrogen for many hours/days. The EMC will play a major organizational role in such scheduling if so requested by our users. In addition, the EMC intends to make a supply of the most commonly used reagents for freeze-substitution and embedding available to users at our costs for their purchase and preparation.

image of JEOL JEM 3200FS electron microscope


Work by the EMC staff
staff time $46/hr
$69/hr for non-prime hours

Fee-for-service work: When the staff performs fee-for-service work, we expect to be in very close contact with the people who have requested the work. When this fee-for-service work is initiated by students, post-docs or other research personnel, we also expect to be in contact with their faculty advisers. At a minimum, the EMC staff will provide a report either whenever there is something new to report or bi-weekly (whichever comes first). Users can also negotiate additional details of such communication during initial discussions of a project. This might include reports for each imaging session, weekly instead of bi-weekly progress reports, reports after agreed-upon benchmarks have been reached or any combination of these things. We strongly want to avoid situations where the amount of work and the total costs of fee-for-service work are unexpected, and feel that the best way to avoid this is through communication.

Note: The EMC will provideĀ up to eight hours of fee-for-service work on new projects at no cost other than equipment fees. This is to encourage people to start new projects and to enable them to assess feasibility and likely costs of the project.

All the equipment in the EMC can be used on a "fee-for-use" basis, meaning that once people are trained to use specific pieces of equipment, there is a fee for the use of that equipment based either on the amount of instrument time reserved or (for some equipment) per use. Our fee-for-use plan is the most cost-effective way to use EMC resources.

The staff of the EMC can also do a limited amount of "fee-for-service" work, meaning that the staff does all of the work involved in preparing samples for microscopy, the actual imaging and/or any further analysis. Fees for this work are based on an hourly fee for time the staff spends plus all the standard fees for the use of any equipment. Such projects will need to be discussed in detail with the staff before work begins. The procedure for starting any new project with the EMC is described elsewhere.

Fee-for-service use of the EMC is best for the sort of work that will not be repeated frequently enough to justify training someone completely new to the equipment. However, the EMC staff does strongly urge repeat users of the facility to invest in the training necessary to operate on a fee-for-use basis. Since we would like to encourage people to do as much of the actual work as possible, training new users in equipment operation involves only the cost of the instrument used (i.e., training does not add the additional cost of staff time). Training for the various pieces of equipment is described in more detail here.

Some instrument use in the evenings (6 pm until 8 am the following morning) and on weekends (6 pm Friday until 8 am Monday) is discounted by amounts ranging from 15-30%. Unless fee-for-service work is requested to be performed during discounted hours, equipment will be billed at normal rates. When the discounted instrument charges are used, the staff fee-for-service rate will be 1.5x the normal rate ($69/hr).

The fee structure shown above is evaluated at the end of each fiscal year. Adjustments to these fees may be made at that time. We will solicit user input on proposed fee changes and also attempt to give users sufficient warning about fee increases that are the result of these evaluations.

Non-academic users: As noted above, the EMC facilities are also open to use by any commercial interests, provided this does not take time away from our academic users. Potential commercial users should contact the staff about a project's feasibility, time estimates and approximate fees. Details of any agreement between the EMC and any commercial interests can be negotiated on a per project basis, bearing in mind that a general estimate is that commercial users will be charged at 3x the posted equipment rates and 2x the posted staff rate.

The rules: A list of rules and practices regarding the fees described here, use of EMC equipment and other facility policies is located here. The most important rule is that time scheduled on the three electron microscopes will be charged to users, even in cases where the instrument is not actually used. In the situation where an instrument is scheduled but not used at all, the scheduled user will be billed at 50% of the hourly rate. The full hourly rate will be charged for the entire scheduled time if any amount of that time is actually used.

NOTE 2: It is always possible to cancel a scheduled session on the instruments, but such cancellations must be done at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time to avoid billing.
NOTE 3: There will obviously be circumstances where instruments stop working during a user's session. In such cases, users will only be billed for the time not affected by instrument issues. This also applies to cases where a previous user has left an instument in a state where it does not perform properly.

Additional costs: For the most part, we expect that users will provide their own "consumables" such as chemicals for sample preparation, TEM grids and grid boxes, SEM stubs, etc. The EMC can provide limited materials when starting a project (where the costs of these items will be recouped from users at a later time). The staff can provide examples of most consumables and suggestions for where many items can be obtained, and can even become involved in a bulk order for multiple users in situations where large orders create significant cost savings. The EMC does not generally charge for things like blotting paper for the Vitrobot and most negative stains for TEM, but heavy use of such items may result in changes in this policy. We also do not charge for storage of frozen samples or freeze substitution supplies or for routine use of liquid nitrogen during imaging or plunge-freezing.

Although the costs of an ongoing project must be borne by the individual users, the EMC is currently exploring the possibility of making most commonly used EM supplies and consumables available to users essentially at cost. Contact the staff if you have questions about this policy.

Finally, we will not charge for staff time spent in any sort of consultation or EMC project development.

Recognition of EMC and personnel: We expect to see acknowledgement of the facility and its personnel in all papers and public presentations that make use of any sort of data obtained using the EMC. In situations where the staff generates images or any other data that are included in publications and/or presentations, these efforts should be acknowledged using staff member's names, their EMC affiliation and details of their effort. In addition, we expect that any sort of intellectual contribution to a project by members of the staff will be acknowledged with co-authorship. Finally, we ask that users of the facility discuss any work done by the staff before inclusion in any sort of publication or presentation.

Software: Some users of the facilities may discover that it will be necessary to perform post-acquisition analysis of data using the software involved during data collection. This is especially true for data recorded using STEM in combination with EDS or EELS. So-called "off-line" licenses for Gatan's DigitalMicrograph or Oxford's INCA or AZtec software can be purchased for about $500 each and bulk discounts are available if there is sufficient interest. We have also installed these products on a PC available to all users of the facility that is located in Simon Hall 034 (the Nanoscale Characterization Facility). Please contact the staff concerning the purchase of additional off-line licenses, and contact David Morgan about use of the PC in SI 034.