Charges

Our current rates are valid from 2016.

Charge is on a cost-recovery basis and starts from commencement of first training.

Charge types are:

  1. Hourly rates
  2. Subscriptions
    • available only for UNSW users and partners, and ends 31 December of each year.
    • for individuals and non-transferable
    • most cost-effective for heavy usage such as live cell imaging.
  3. Fee for service (please contact head of facility)

Non-UNSW users will be charged by the hour, unless there is an agreed partnership and/or collaborative arrangement with BMIF.  Please contact head of facility to discuss.

BMIF also has 3 annual scholarships that UNSW research groups could apply for.

We are a facility set up primarily to provide support to research. Please contact the head of facility to discuss the following,

  1. variations if needed
  2. scholarships
  3. fee for service (FFS)

Below are the lists of charges for the following services. All charges are ex GST.

  1. Imaging Usage
  2. Histology/BSP Services
  3. Slide Scanning Services
  4. Specimen Processing for Electron Microscopy

 

Charges for Imaging Usage

Type For Price
(ex GST)
(UNSW User/Partner)
Price
(ex GST)
(External User)
Period
Hourly DIY^ Use of fluorometer and lifetime spectroscopy $20.00 $36.00 Per Hour
  Use of all microscopes and image analysis platforms $50.00 $90.00 Per Hour
Subscription per user DIY^
(non-transferable)

Annual subscription per user
for (honours students only)

uncapped* use on all equipment

$1,000.00 N/A For usage ≥ 20 hours within the calendar year
(1st Jan - 31st Dec)
 

4-month subscription per user

uncapped* use on all equipment

$1,000.00 N/A 4-month period within the calendar year
(1st Jan - 31st Dec)
This rate cannot be renewed within the same calendar year
 

Annual subscription per user

uncapped* use of all equipment excluding both light sheet AND intravital microscopes

$1,500.00 N/A For usage ≥ 30 hours within a calendar year
(1st Jan - 31st Dec)
 

Annual subscription per user

uncapped* use of all equipment including either light sheet OR intravital microscopes

$2,200.00 N/A For usage ≥ 44 hours within a calendar year
(1st Jan - 31st Dec)
 

Annual subscription per user

uncapped* use on all equipment including both light sheet AND intravital microscopes

$2,500.00 N/A For usage ≥ 50 hours within a calendar year
(1st Jan - 31st Dec)
Fee For Service (FFS) Imaging services performed by BMIF staff TBD TBD Charges to be determined in discussion with the head of facility

*     Uncapped use is dependent on machine and staff availability.
      Our instruments are in high demand.  We suggest users plan and organize ahead especially during peak times late in the academic year.

^     DIY – Do It Yourself (self service)

 

Charges for Histology and Microscopy Preparation

BSP Grouping Protocol Price
(ex GST)
(UNSW User/Partner)
Price
(ex GST)
(External User)
Job
Embedding Paraffin Embedding $5.00 $9.00 Per Block
  Paraffin Slide Sealing $1.00 $2.00 Per Slide
Sectioning Paraffin Sectioning $3.00
$1.00
$6.00
$2.00
For first slide from each block
For subsequent slides from same block
  Cryosectioning $5.00
$2.00
$9.00
$4.00
For first slide from each block
For subsequent slides from same block
  Microtome DIY^ $20.00 $36.00 Per Hour (1 hour training required for new users)
  Vibratome DIY^ $20.00 $36.00 Per Hour (1 hour training required for new users)
  Cryomicrotome DIY^ $25.00 $45.00 Per Hour (1 hour training required for new users)
  Microtomy Subscription DIY^ (Yearly) $400.00 N/A For usage ≥ 20 hours within a calendar year
(1st Jan - 31st Dec)
Staining H&E Staining $5.00
$2.00
$9.00
$4.00
For first slide of each stain
For subsequent slides of same stain
  Immunostaining $17.00 $32.00 Per Slide (does not include sectioning or antibody costs; antibodies to be provided by user)
  Specialised Stains TBD TBD Pricing depends on protocol

^     DIY – Do It Yourself (self service)

Please click here for more details about Histology/BSP services.

 

Charges for Slide Scanning Services

BSP Grouping Protocol Price
(ex GST)
(UNSW User/Partner)
Price
(ex GST)
(External User)
Job
Aperio Scanning Slide Scanning (Bright Field) $10.00 $18.00 Per Slide
  Slide Scanning (Fluorescence) $15.00 $27.00 Per Slide
  Slide Scanning DIY^ (Hourly) $50.00 $90.00 Per Hour
  Slide Scanning DIY^ (Yearly) $1,500.00 $3,500.00
(For Bright Field only)
for usage ≥ 30 hours within a calendar year
(1st Jan - 31st Dec
 

Slide cleaning

(Additional surcharge per slide if slides require cleaning prior to scanning)

Includes cleaning of dust/oil and/or trimming of excess mounting media from slide edges to prevent slides jamming in the equipment

$5.00 $5.00 Per Slide

^     DIY – Do It Yourself (self service)

 

Charges for Specimen Processing for Electron Microscope Services

BSP Grouping Protocol Price
(ex GST)
(UNSW User/Partner)
Price
(ex GST)
(External User)
Job
CLEM Electron Microscopy Processing
(fixation, EM post fixation, embedding)
$5.00 $9.00 Per Sample
  Biowave use $15.00 $27.00 Per Hour
  35mm GRID dish $10.00 $18.00 Per Sample
  EM Chemical Processing $5.00 $9.00 Per Sample
  Apex DAB Reaction $5.00 $9.00 Per Tablet (4 samples)
  Leica ICE 6mm Planchettes $20.00 $36.00 Per Sample
  Leica ICE 6mm Sapphires $60.00 $108.00 Per Sample
  Leica ICE Run Rate $50.00 $90.00 Per Hour
  Leica AFS2 Run Rate $50.00 $90.00 Per Day (24 hours)
  Cryo Preparation Subscription (Yearly) $1,500.00 N/A

Includes unlimited use of EM ICE, AFS2 and Biowave within the calendar year
(1st Jan - 31st Dec)

Does not include consumables
(i.e. grids, planchettes, sapphire disks)