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User Fee & Facility Information

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How WHOI Facilities work
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:

NEPTUNE: $1830.00
ELEMENT2: $1545.00
Reduced weekend day rate (Neptune and E2, internal users only) $1300.00
193nm LASER: $400.00
Night Ar: $125.00
Full Isotope Analysis (Sr, Nd, or Pb) $400.00

Respective fees for 2018 (with WHOI F&A of xx%) are: $1950 (Neptune, $975 half-day), $1650 (Element2, $825 half-day), $1400 (Weekend rate, internal only), $140 (Night Ar), $425 (Full Isotope Analysis, and 193 nm Laser Ablation System).

We have a new benchtop, quadrupole iCAP Qc in the facility that can now be used by all users.  We are charging $425 for use from morning setup until noon, another $425 for use until midnight, and another $425 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.

Adjustment of rates:  We reserve the right to change rates during the year in case expenses increase unexpetedly.  Any rate changes will be posted on this website.

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.

* A day starts with the technical staff setting up the mass spec and ends the following morning when the instrument is being prepared for the next user.

Users signing up for a day commit to using the facility that day.  Facility staff needs to be informed of cancellations as early as possible, but at least two days in advance.  Any later cancellation will result in a charge of one unit (day) unless another user can use the instrument that day.

Guidelines For Projects Outside of WHOI
  1. Obtain an estimate from Jurek or Gretchen for amount of time needed to accomplish the analytical goal. We will arrange for a quote to be sent to your institution, including the "Payment Authorization Information Form" (PAI).
  2. You will be contacted by WHOI regarding a purchase order.
  3. Source of funding:  If the funding is coming from a U.S. Government source, please include the funding source, grant number, and CFDA (Catalog of Federal Demestic Assistance) number.  If NOT coming from a U.S. Government source, WHOI will charge an adminstrative fee based on the following information:

          U.S. Entities:

             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"

Last updated: May 6, 2017

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