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Application and Fee Schedule
Applications are required prior to gaining access to the equipment. The Microscopy and Imaging Core Committee reviews all user applications to determine how each applicant will best be served: by training to become an independent user, or by using our fee for service option. Please understand that the application process does not automatically guarantee approval. Priority will be given to NIH-funded Wilmer investigators as required by our NEI Core Grant for Vision Research. Other applicants will be considered as equipment usage permits.
Please complete the MICF user application using one form per applicant and per piece of large equipment. You may also use this form to request estimates for TEM fee for service work or our EM skills training package.
All user applications should be submitted to the Facility Administrator, Mary Ellen Pease at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be reviewed by the MICF committee and the decision returned by email.
The MICF must have a steady income stream to fulfill its annual operating budget; therefore, we require our investigators to pay a yearly membership fee for the instruments used. Labs will not be able to drop and resume membership for a given instrument on a month-by-month basis. New users joining after the first quarter will have a pro-rated membership fee for the balance of the year, after which they must commit to an annual membership in order to continue. Annual billing occurs at the end of each fiscal year, and will include an itemized statement of equipment membership(s), training fees and any TEM fee for service jobs. A budget number will be requested and an SAP transfer carried out from our end. If you wish to pay a portion or all of your projected fees earlier in the fiscal year, we are certainly willing to work with you to get that done. If you have any questions regarding billing, please do not hesitate to contact us.