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Costs for the AIR
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Costs and Facility Recharge

Charges from 9th May 2023 are listed below but please download a copy of the AIR Facility Usage Policy for full details on charges and our cancellation policy.

AIR (IGC Central and Pathology):

* Confocals - £55 per hour (time lapse 8hrs charged in every 24)
* Epifluorescence/Brightfield/Mesoscopes - £37.50 per hour (time lapse 8hrs charged in every 24)
* ESRIC @ IGC (SIM/STORM) - £55 per hour
* Nanozoomer - £35 per hour


£110 per hour (facility staff do sample prep & imaging)
£82.50 per hour (facility staff do imaging only)
£55 per hour (user does sample prep and imaging themselves)

Workstation use: £3.50 per hour
Bioimage analysis support for data not captured in the AIR is £30 per hour
Technical support for non AIR instruments is £30 per hour

Grant costing and consultation: UKRI and Wellcome requires that use of facilities can be costed into grants pre-submission. The AIR facility manager, Dr Ann Wheeler can advise PIs of anticipated imaging charges during the life of a grant.
Special cases: The AIR senior management will advise on special cases, these need to be raised with the finance team at the time of recharge.
We offer consultation, through Edinburgh Innovations to companies external to the U of E, on pricing

The small print:

The fees are determined annually based on market prices for goods and services the imaging facility needs to purchase outside the control of the IGC. Annual inflation means that year on year the goods and services we buy become more expensive. Furthermore since we seek to improve the service, as well as maintain it as is, we require funds to invest in new imaging hardware and software.

It is the users responsibility to check their samples prior to extended booking. If a session is booked without the sample being checked the financial liability for this lies with the user and their group, not the facility.

For those who are doing live experiments where there is an issue mid experiment the recharge is at the discretion of the AIR manager. We have a reduced price for long bookings for live experiments.

Following the Cov-19 pandemic we have outsourced sample checking to Area Supervisors. There are fluroescent microscopes for checking samples in local Tissue culture areas. Please ask your area supervisor.

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