OSU’s present policy requires campus services to recover their operating costs through charges to projects using the services. Therefore, this laboratory will charge for use of its equipment and supplies and for the services of its staff. These charges defray the costs of operation and are based on relative costs of maintaining staff and equipment. Goods and services provided are billed in accordance with the current rate schedule. Bills are payable within 30 days of invoice.

Pilot projects that show promise but lack funding may be considered. A statement of need documenting (1) the unavailability of financial resources, (2) the scientific merits of the proposed study, (3) the intended research approach, and (4) estimate of costs may be submitted to the Microprobe Laboratory Director. At the discretion of the Director, and with prior written arrangement, charges may be reviewed or amended.

A billing sheet for each user is prepared and records of services and supplies provided to each account will be kept. Your budget must supply, replenish, or pay for materials and services, breakage or damage caused by direct negligence or misuse, and extraordinary use of equipment which results in shortening of useful life. Accounting records are always available for inspection.


Internal Fees

Unassisted Use: For University and Governmental Investigators, and includes microprobe charges only. Technical assistance will be available if needed, but the assumption is that the operator is partially or fully trained. $70/hr

not to exceed $700/day

Assisted Use: For University and Governmental Investigators, and includes microprobe charges and operator labor. This fee is if the client does not accompany the samples and wants us to prepare the machine, pick analysis points and do the analysis. $100/hr

not to exceed $1000/day

Late Cancellation: (less the 24 hours before) $40
Sample preparation: mounting in epoxy block and polishing. $40/sample
External Fees
Contract investigations: designed to include jobs from outside corporations that require problem solving on the part of the EMP Laboratory staff and machine analyses. $200/hr

1 hr minimum

no maximum

Contract investigations: expedited or hot jobs $400/hr

1 hr minimum

no maximum

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