Rates

The Mass Spectrometry Center is operated as a Cost Center through which institutional users (academic, non-profit and corporate), including those of the host Department, contribute to the upkeep of the resource by means of a recharge system.

Rates are determined annually and are based on the total operating costs of the Center (salaries, supplies, and maintenance) and individual instrument usage. All rates are reviewed and approved by the University of Washington Administration and are subject to change.

Users funded by federal, academic, and nonprofit organizations without University of Washington affiliation will be assessed an additional 15.6% indirect charge as directed by the University’s Administration. Unless other arrangements have been made, the Center will bill for its services on a monthly basis.

Recognizing the diversity of research interests on- and off-campus the Center offers three separate “for fee” services to the investigator. These are: Submitted Sample Analysis; Investigator Instrument Use; and Protocol Development.

Submitted Sample Analysis

In general, samples requiring quantitative analysis are charged on a per hour rate after development needs are met. All others are per sample. Sample preparation and submission requirements are discussed in the Sample Submission section. The following table summarizes the “Service Charges” for the types of analyses performed on Submitted Samples.

Table I- SUBMITTED SAMPLE RATE CHARGES (Analyses performed by Center Personnel)

Service Origin of Support
Type Analysis Description Academic & Federal Commercial
I Low Resolution (LR) EI, CI, MALDI, ESI & APcI $65/sample1 $140/sample1
II High Resolution (HR) ESI $120/sample1 $265/sample1
III Intact Protein or Peptide Mass Analysis $160/sample3 $310/sample3

1 Time based rates available upon request.
2 A minimum charge of up to $50 will be assessed for assays requiring user specific hardware setups.
3 The higher per sample charges include sample cleanup prior to analysis or an on-line LC-MS setup.

Investigator Instrument Use

Investigators must have a specific project requiring the relatively regular and repeated use of a specific instrument to qualify for training. Training is provided at a charge rate of $100/hr and $200/hour for academic and corporate users, respectively. See Investigator Instrument Use under Services for more details.

Table II – INVESTIGATOR USE RATE CHARGES (Center trained Users)

OFF CAMPUS USERS CAMPUS USERS
Instrument Rate A** Commercial Rate B* Rate C* Non-Profit/Academic
Staff Service
Rate C* Non-Profit/Academic
Patron Usage
Rate D Svcs by Mass Spec Staff Rate E Patron Usage Service Rate Codes
Agilent 6520
Accurate Mass
QTOF
$350/hr Staff Svcs
$285/hr Patron Use
$97/hr $76/hr $84/hr $65/hr hr or hrs
Waters Xevo
TQ-S
$350/hr Staff Svcs
$285/hr Patron Use
$117/hr $76/hr $101/hr $65/hr hr or hrs
Waters Synapt – G1
QTOF
$350/hr Staff Svcs
$285/hr Patron Use
$139/hr $76/hr $120/hr $65/hr hr or hrs
Waters Synapt – G2
HDX QTOF
$350/hr Staff Svcs
$285/hr Patron Use
$132/hr $76/hr $114/hr $65/hr hr or hrs
Thermo LTQ-OT $350/hr Staff Svcs
$285/hr Patron Use
$94/hr $76/hr $81/hr $65/hr hr or hrs
Agilent 6460
QQQ
$350/hr Staff Svcs
$285/hr Patron Use
$97/hr $76/hr $84/hr $65/hr hr or hrs
AB Sciex
API4000 Q-trap
$300/hr Staff Svcs
$245/hr Patron Use
$90/hr $41/hr $77/hr $35/hr hr or hrs
AB Sciex
6500
$350/hr Staff Svcs
$285/hr Patron Use
$126/hr $76/hr $109/hr $65/hr hr or hrs
Bruker
Autoflex II
$300/hr Staff Svcs
$245/hr Patron Use
$94/hr $41/hr $77/hr $35/hr hr or hrs
Shimadzu
QP 2010
$300/hr Staff Svcs
$245/hr Patron Use
$86/hr $41/hr $74/hr $35/hr hrs
Agilent 1290
UV-DAD
$300/hr Staff Svcs
$245/hr Patron Use
$88/hr $35/hr $77/hr $30/hr hrs

*Rates B and C are calculated based on Rates D and E plus 15.6% indirect charge, respectively.
**Rate A includes Direct Center Support Surcharges and University of Washington’s 15.6% indirect charge.

N.B. The Center reserves the right to regulate the use of instruments by individuals or research groups and/or to deny instrument access due to overbooking and/or demonstrated incompetence.

PROTOCOL DEVELOPMENT RATE-CHARGES

The costs associated with the development of a Sample Preparation and/or Mass Spectrometry Protocol are highly dependent upon the degree of sample complexity, the levels of instrumentation required to achieve meaningful results, and the depth of previously reported analytical work. In addition, the availability and competency of technical personnel also plays an important role in the satisfactory establishment and maintenance of an assay.

Given the variability of these factors it is extremely difficult to estimate the costs of development and implementation of a protocol without a detailed analysis of its specific requirements. Unless agreed otherwise, personnel costs for these services will be assessed at the rate of $50 and $100/hour for academic and corporate investigators, respectively. In addition, mass spectrometer use by Center personnel in the course of Protocol Development will be added to the billing at the appropriate hourly Investigator Use Rate.

The first step in the development of a protocol or assay and establishing development costs is to specifically determine its requirements. The Center provides two questionnaires to assist in this process. These are the SAMPLE PREPARATION DEVELOPMENT (PDF or DOC) and the MASS SPECTROMETRY ASSAY DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONNAIRES (PDF or DOC). Individuals interested in developing an assay through the Center (by advisement, collaboration, or contract services) are required to complete the appropriate questionnaire(s) before beginning the process. Please contact Dale Whittington (dalewhit@uw.edu or (206) 543-6439) for more information with regard to Protocol Development.