IBIF Rates and Services

Access to IBIF Instruments

Prior to gaining independent access to core resources, all users must go through a training process, and they also must review and sign a User Agreement which outlines core policies. To reserve time on an instrument, users must book a reservation in advance and provide payment details. A userís access privileges can be revoked at any time if they fail to follow the terms in the User Agreement or if they fail to properly reserve equipment. Users are also expected to back up their data after each session. The core facility is not responsible for lost, deleted, or corrupted data files.

Training Process

Training sessions are scheduled 2 or more weeks in advance.

New users should contact the core manager, expressing interest in training and providing details about their planned experiments (e.g. PI name, fluorophores, kind of data required, etc.). After identifying the proper instrument for the experiments, one of the coreís trainers will provide hands-on training with the new user. Initial training normally consists of two 2-hour sessions and is free of charge. Additional or advanced training can be provided as needed, but it will be charged at the Assisted Rate.

Fee Schedule

Internal Rates:

  • Leica Multiphoton/Confocal Microscope
    • Unassisted Rate: $30/hr 
    • Assisted Rate: $50/hr
  • Nikon Spinning-Disk Confocal Microscope
    • Unassisted Rate: $30/hr 
    • Assisted Rate: $50/hr
  • TIRF Microscope
    • Unassisted Rate: $30/hr 
    • Assisted Rate: $50/hr
  • Molecular Devices ImageXpress Micro 4
    • Unassisted Rate: $30/hr 
    • Assisted Rate: $50/hr
  • Nikon Ti-E Widefield Microscope
    • Unassisted Rate: Free
    • Assisted Rate: $40/hr
  • Nikon NIS Elements Analysis Workstation
    • Unassisted Rate: $5/hr
    • Assisted Rate: $40/hr
  • IBIF
  • Image Analysis Workstation
    • Unassisted Rate: $5/hr
    • Assisted Rate: $40/hr

**Special daily rates are available for extended timelapse experiments on the Nikon Confocal and Molecular Devices ImageXpress.  If you are interested in knowing more about timelapse experiments and their billing rates, please inquire with us.

External Rates:

  • External users should contact a member of our staff to learn about our external user rates.
  • If you are a participant in NIHís IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, please include that information in your initial inquiry with us.  You may be eligible to be charged for instrument usage at our posted internal rate.


Voucher applications are considered on a rolling basis, and they require the applicant to specify their reasons for financial support.  If you are interested in learning about our voucher options or wish to receive a voucher application, please contact a member of the core staff.

Additional Fees and Services

  • Initial user training is provided free of charge.
  • Specialized or advanced training is billed at the Assisted Rate for the Instrument.
  • Setup fees (1-2 hours at Assisted Rate) are typically included with experiments on the ImageXpress.
  • Consultation services on experimental design, data analysis, and pre-publication review are also available.  Please inquire if interested knowing more.  Initial consults (1 hour or less) are provided free of charge.
  • For questions about other possible services, please contact us with details about your request.

User Agreement & Core Policies

Current users may ask for a copy of the User Agreement at any time from one of our staff. Users will also be informed by staff of changes or updates to the agreement.