The following new rates and subscription options will apply from 1 September 2016.

CMCA access

Access categories

Access to CMCA is available under three categories at different rates:

  • UWA users (including visitors and adjuncts)
  • Murdoch University users (including visitors and adjuncts)
  • Edith Cowan University users(including visitors and adjuncts)
  • Western Australian Centre for Microscopy (WACM) users (staff and students of Curtin University) and publicly funded researcher user (including international researchers)
  • External users (including industry)

Registration options

Registration is available under three options:

  • Individual annual subscription (unlimited usage)
  • Research group annual subscription (multiple individual users under one subscription, capped at 100 hours per annum – see out of hours time bonuses below)
  • Individual hourly rate

For National Flagship Instruments, subscription access is not available with the exception of the NIF Flagship MRI, which is available under Research group subscription access.

For some instruments, per-sample charges apply instead of hourly rate charges.

Curtin users should refer to internal charges levied by Curtin for accessing CMCA on an hourly rate basis. For details and approval, contact microscopy@curtin.edu.au.

All rates and charges below are exclusive of GST. GST is charged to non-UWA users.

Registration and training

Access follows the CMCA User Pathway beginning with registration. Once new users have completed the online registration, a New User Meeting will be scheduled with relevant CMCA staff. At this meeting, instruments and training needs will be determined and co-ordinated.

All first-time CMCA users pay a once-off $275 registration fee. Training is included as part of registration and returning users do not pay this fee.

Registration (Applies once only to all new users) $275 flat fee per new user.

Subscriptions

Annual subscriptions

Information for external user subscription access is available here.

Annual subscriptions are valid for one year from the date of registration.

                                                                                                                                         
Annual subscription 1UWA/Murdoch/ECU 2WACM & publicly funded researchers
(including International researchers)
Research group (100 hrs usage cap) 3$3300$10,000
Individual researcher$2750$8250
Individual HDR student 4$1000$3000
Individual undergraduate student 5$220$660

NOTES

        
  1. Annual individual subscriptions allow unlimited access (subject to booking rules being followed) with exception of the automated slide scanners, which are capped at 100 slides in total.
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  3. The WACM and publicly funded researcher (including international researchers) rate reflects the real cost of usage: the UWA, Murdoch and ECU rate is subsidised.
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  5. Research group subscriptions are valid for members of nominated research groups. To qualify, a group member must be approved by the nominated group leader. A new research group subscription may be purchased if the total hours cap is reached; this initiates a new 12-month period of validity. Research group subscriptions – After hours (5pm-9am): A 4-hours-for-1 time bonus applies to qualified after hours users. Limited staff support is available after hours. The NIF Flagship MRI is also available under Research group subscription access.
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  7. HDR: high degree by research (Masters by Research and PhD).
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  9. Includes master's by coursework and honours students. Individual undergraduate student subscriptions are valid for the duration of the student's research project only.

UWA visitors need confirmation of their status from their host Head of School or Centre Director.

Users may suspend an individual annual subscription for the purposes of parental leave or sabbatical, providing that the request is made and a return date is advised, prior to commencing the period of leave or sabbatical.

Additional charges for an operator are levied if necessary or agreed for an instrument accessed under subscription – these charges are the same as hourly operator charges as set out under hourly rates.

Hourly rates

Information for external user hourly access is available here.

Rates are quoted as per hour. A $55 administration fee is charged for each month during which instruments are accessed.

Category UWA/Murdoch/ECU WACM & publicly funded researchers
(including International researchers)
CMCA instruments - user operated
   Including operation by CMCA technical staff
   Including operation by CMCA academic staff
$55
$135 (total)
$165 (total)
$110
$275 (total)
$330 (total)
Sample preparation equipment $55 $110

Hourly users may take out an annual subscription at any time but the subscription will not be backdated to include hours already completed (and costs incurred).

After hours (5pm-9am): A 4-hours-for-1 time bonus applies to qualified after hours users. Limited staff support is available after hours.

Per-sample Rates

Information for external user per sample access is available here.

Rates are quoted as per sample.

Instrument UWA/Murdoch/ECU WACM & publicly funded researchers
(including International researchers)
Single crystal X-ray diffraction * $220 $440
Scanscope XT (20X) (per slide)
User operated1
CMCA operated
 
$4 
$7
 
$7 
$14
Scanscope OS (100X-oil) (per slide)
CMCA operated only
 
$17
 
$35

NOTES

1. Block hour pre-paid option for minimum of 1000 slides: For User Operated Scanscope XT usage, an individual or research group can purchase a block of 1000 slide scans at $2000; $3500 for WACM and PFRs. This block of 1000 slide scans will be valid for a 12-month period from the date of purchase. A research group leader must notify CMCA Admin in advance of a new user being added to their group for the purposes of slide scanning under a block hour arrangement.

*This charge does not apply to very complicated single crystal structures. Please contact admin.cmca@uwa.edu.au for more detail.

Per-sample users may take out an annual subscription at any time but it will not be backdated to include samples already completed (and costs already incurred).

AMMRF Flagship Ion Probe Facility

Information for external user access is available here.

Rates for the UWA Ion probe (1280 Facility)

  UWA Collaboration Rate
APFR - International
Full cost
APFR - International
Registration fee $275 $275 $275
Minimum charge (8 hours) 5 $480 3 $9004 $1600 
Instrument $60/hour $60/hour $60/hour
Operator 1 $140/hour 2, 4 $140/hour $140/hour

Rates for the UWA Ion probe (NanoSIMS*2 Facility)

  UWA Collaboration Rate
APFR - International
Full cost
APFR - International
Registration Fee $275 $275 $275
Minimum charge (8 hours)5 $480 $480 $1600
Instrument
$60/hour $60/hour $60/hour
Operator 1 $140/hour 2 $140/hour $140/hour

Notes:

1 Operator charges are only applicable between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Analysis running beyond 5pm will not incur operator fees.

2 Operator fees are waived for UWA researchers. UWA pays for staff, maintenance contracts, consumables and other running costs associated with the instrument.

3 The CCFS funds an operator. 1280 projects undertaken by CCFS researchers are not subject to additional operator charges.

4 The 1280 collaboration rate is based on a minimum of three hours' operator fees.

5 The minimum bookable time on any SIMS instrument is eight hours.

User operation of both the Cameca IMS 1280 and NanoSIMS50 ion probes is restricted to very experienced users.

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NIF Flagship MRI Bioimaging Facility

Information for external user access is available here.

Charge period UWA/Murdoch/ECU WACM & publicly funded researchers
(including International researchers)
Hourly rate $50 $150
Operator Rate may be charged (please enquire) $120 (total) $290 (total)

After hours (5pm-9am): Block hour and Pilot Study rates are available on request. After hours access is only available to after hours users. Limited staff support is available after hours.

Consumables may be charged back to the user (please enquire).

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