This lab operates as a facility (cost center) that is financially supported primarily through user fees. Expenses such as salaries and benefits, expendables (argon, torches, cones, etc.) and repairs are all charges that must be covered by user fees. Note that the reduced "weekend" rate is for internal (WHOI) users only.
For 2017 the daily fees, including WHOI F&A of 58%, are:
We have a new benchtop, quadrupole iCAP Qc in the facility that can now be used by all users. We are charging $400 for use from morning setup until noon, another $400 for use until midnight, and another $400 for a full day (close to 24 h). This instrument is ideal to "make just a few measurements".
Overnight use: We need to charge users who are operating the mass spectrometers beyond 2 am a "Night Ar" charge to cover the cost of gases used during very (<24 h) long analytical sessions.
How Billing Works
Within WHOI, each day*of analyses on either the Element2 or the Neptune must have a valid WHOI project number to cover charges. At the end of every month, we submit a balance sheet to accounting listing the project numbers used for that month.
Guidelines For Projects Outside of WHOI
5% - Government Contracts
10% - Non-Government Cost Reimbursement Contracts
15% - Non-Government Fixed Price Contracts
Foreign Entities: 15%
Please do acknowledge the use of the WHOI ICPMS Facility in your publications and presentations. The U.S. National Science Foundation and WHOI are supporting the facility financially, and our skilled operators appreciate seeing their contributions acknowledged. We therefore recommend the following sentence for the "Acknowlegements" section of your publications:
"We acknowledge the use of the NSF-supported WHOI ICPMS facility and thank [Gretchen Swarr, Jerzy Blusztajn] for their assistance"