Users fees

CIME facilty user fees

As of July 1st the CIME will apply new user fees:

Following a mandate given by the Vice-Presidency for Research, CIME must apply new user fees that will be effective 1st of July.
The new cost accounting methodology (see letter from the VPR from January 2017, http://cime.epfl.ch/user_fees) make the operational costs transparent and auditable. The new utilisation costs will from now on be eligible to research funding bodies (e.g. SNF, H2020), and must be re-evaluated on a yearly basis.
In collaboration with the VPR and CIME Executive Committee, CIME has implemented the utilization and service fees as listed in the table below.

 

Important changes:

  • No more flat-rate services (training or service etc.), every hour will be accounted for.
  • No special rates for night or weekend use (to be auditable).
  • Differentiation between self-use (trained user independent use of equipment) and “Full-Service” (operator assisted: equipment operated by CIME staff).
  • In “Full-Service” the machine time will be billed as in self-use and the operator (CIME staff) time will be added. These costs are eligible for reimbursement through the funding agencies.
  • The CIME equipment has been grouped into classes of instruments (see table).
  • Specimen preparation done by CIME staff for materials science will be billed as Full-Service.

 

Basic Trainings:

Introduction to SEM and TEM will be billed on a hourly basis. Although it will be fully operator assisted (like Full-Service) the operator hours will not be added to the bill, and in “bulk trainings” (small groups for the very basic introduction) the time (and cost) will be split evenly between the participants.

Advanced techniques training (for example EDXS, special detectors, charge compensation, EELS, tomography etc.) and transition to another equipment will be billed like Full-Service.

Students projects:

Training and Services in the framework of semester projects (SEM only) and master projects (SEM and TEM) will be billed on machine time basis (no operator costs).

New subsidy system:

In order to enable feasibility studies, trials in specimen preparation and trials on new techniques every lab gets a “subsidy” of 40h/lab/year on the accumulated CIME staff operator time.

The subsidies will be calculated at the end of the year and a subsidy of max. 40h of staff operator per lab will be paid back to the lab.

For labs with heavy use and important contribution to methods development, the CIME´s CE (executive Committee) can grant additional subsidies.  The details are currently under discussion and will be communicated after the summer break. Please feel free to give us feedback on cases you would think relevant.

 

Grant applications:

The new cost structure makes the platform cost eligible for third party funding. Please feel free to contact the CIME for help and advice when putting electron microscopy work in a grant application.

 

Table of user fees

SEM/FIB

 

SEM

3View SEM

CL-SEM

FIB

 

Gemini-SEM, Merlin, Teneo

Merlin-3View

Attolight Rosa CL-SEM

FIB: NVision40, XB-540

Self-use

31

38

46

36

Full –Service

98

105

113

103

 

TEM

 

Basic TEM

Analytical TEM

High-end TEM

 

Bio-Spirit, Spirit-SION

Talos, Orsiris, TF-20, JEOL-2200FS

Titan-THEMIS

Self-use

35

76

138

Full-Service

102

143

205

              

Specimen preparation Materials Science: 67/hour on effort base

Specimen preparation Life-Science: See with Bio-EM for details

 

From Januray 1st 2018 the billing will be on a monthly basis.

If you have any questions on the new billing format, please contact Marco Cantoni