Project Pricing

Project Pricing for KSCIRC Neuroscience Cores (A-C)

As an alternative to the current hourly fee schedule, project fees are separated based on project complexity.

  • Projects are separated into 9 groups based on surgery complexity and the level of subsequent behavioral testing required for a given project.
  • Based on standard experimental sizes (N=10-20 animals total) and standard duration (4-6 weeks)
  • Includes utilization of core personnel for surgery, animal care, behavioral testing, and data analysis
  • Can be customized
  • Discounts are included in all projects (compared to hourly fee schedule)

Project complexity

BASIC:  This includes surgery, animal care, and data analysis

STANDARD:  Includes surgery, animal care, data analysis, and 2 “common” behavioral tests

STANDARD PLUS KINEMATICS:  Additional cost to the standard level project fee.  The pricing set in the chart is based on certain parameters – if the project requires changes in those parameters costs will increase.

Kinematics: Kinematic testing is highly labor intensive, either through increased behavioral testing time or data analysis time. Kinematics includes Treadscan (4-6 weeks, analysis of 40 measures), bottom & side cameras (2-3 weeks, analysis of 5-10 measures).

NON-STANDARD:  This includes surgery, animal care, data analysis, and 1-2 “common” behavioral tests and 2 “uncommon” behavioral tests.

Note: "Uncommon" behavioral testing is much more labor intensive than "common" behavioral testing.

Surgical complexity

BASIC:  Examples for this level of complexity include tail vein injections or equivalent.  Often this is added to other more complex surgeries. N=10-20 animals.

STANDARD:  Examples include contusion - mid-thoracic, lacerations, injections. N=10-20 animals.

COMPLEX:  Examples include contusion – lower thoracic/lumbar, headplug/muscle implants, jugular+contusion, or equivalent complexity.  N=15-20 animals.

Adjustments to base cost

Adjustments (increase to base cost)

  • New procedure: If the project requires a new/novel procedure, there will be an increase in time as personnel learn the new procedure.
  • Training of lab personnel increases the time required for whichever project aspect the lab member is being trained in.
  • Sample size increases: Prices are based on a standard size for a given surgery procedure.
  • Study time greater than 6-8 weeks
  • Major addition in procedures beyond listed

Adjustments (reductions to base cost)

  • Mix & Matching (where appropriate):  Substitutions that reduce Core personnel usage in the project (i.e., lab members take over some aspects of the project), or exchanging more labor intensive tests with less labor intensive testing will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Preliminary data for grant submission: based on the understanding that the grant (if funded) will utilize the Core facilities.
  • New user: The first project a user starts with the Cores will get an additional discount
  • Volume Discounts: Multiple or overlapping projects:  Groups doing more than 6 basic projects or more than 3 standard/non-standard projects in a year will get a volume discount