The following rates and access options apply.

CMCA access categories

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

  • Internal: UWA Staff, Students, Visitors and Affiliates
  • Associates: Australian Publicly funded researchers and Government organisations (including WA Research Partners*)
  • External: Commercial and industry 

*WA Research Partners

The WA Research Partner access agreement includes staff, students, adjuncts and clinical appointments from UWA, Curtin University, Murdoch University, The University of Notre Dame and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Under the access agreement, CMCA will invoice the WA Research Partners based on the Associate rate. The home institutes, through their respective Research Offices, will typically cover two-thirds of the cost, passing the remaining one-third directly onto the researcher.  

Access options

Users can access CMCA equipment within a category by paying  in arrears by the hour or purchasing pre-paid blocks of hours.

Option one: Pay in arrears
  • Users can pay for equipment access by the hour.
Option two: Pre-paid access
  • Users can pre-pay for a block of hours in advance and receive a discounted rate.
  • The larger the block you buy, the more the discount.
  • Block hours can be used on any instrument within a category.
  • Block hours must be used by a single user (no shared blocks).
  • Blocks must be used within 12 months of purchase.
  • When you run out of hours, you must buy a new block of hours (or switch to paying by the hour).

Would you like staff with that?

If you do not want to be trained and run the instrument yourself, there is the possibility of paying an additional hourly fee for CMCA’s expert staff to undertake the work for you.

For some NCRIS-supported instruments, e.g. ion probe facility, staff costs are included within the hourly rates and no additional staff charges apply.

Purchase instrument time

To purchase instrument time, please download and complete the CMCA payment form. Pre-purchased hours will be credited to you within 72 hours of purchase so please do not submit the payment form until you have been trained and are ready to commence your work. Pre-purchased hours must be used within 12 months of purchase. Please consider this when deciding how large a block to purchase.
 

CMCA rates

Internal

Eligibility criteria

Subsidised internal rates apply to UWA Staff, Students, Visitors and Affiliates (including Adjunct, Clinical and Honorary appointments), when the project grant funding is administered by UWA.

If CMCA facility access is for a project with funding administered by another organisation, or has been commissioned by the funder, or has a commercial focus then associate rates will apply.

Membership fee paid on initial registration (inc. training in one platform, where applicable)

Honours & Masters by Coursework: $100
All others (PhD & Masters by Research, Post-docs & staff): $250

Training fee (per additional platform or instrument type)

All users: $100

CMCA staff operator charge

Staff: $40/hour (Please include an additional $40/hour UWA in-kind support on all grant applications. Total $80/hour)

Equipment access rates

Hours

Category 1

Category 2 

Category 3

Category 4

Pay by the hour

$15 ($15/hour)

$30 ($30/hour)

$30 ($30/hour)

$55 ($55/hour)

Pre-pay block of 50

$500 ($10/hour) 

$1,000 ($20/hour)

$1,000 ($20/hour)

Not available

Pre-pay block of 100

$750 ($7.50/hour)

$1,500 ($15/hour) 

$1,500 ($15/hour) 

$5,000 ($50/hour) 

Pre-pay block of 200

$1,000 ($5/hour)

$2,000 ($10/hour)

$2,500 ($12.50/hour) 

$9,350 ($46.75/hour)

Pre-pay block of 400

$1,250 ($3.12/hour)

$2,500 ($6.25/hour)

Not available

$17,600 ($44/hour)

Instrument groups

Category 0:

  • Sample prep & ancillary equipment: CryoEM preparation facilities, microtomes, vibratome, glow discharge unit, vacuum oven, critical point dryer, freeze dryer, furnace, geological sample prep room, anesthetic trolleys
  • Analysis workstations and software
  • Crawley campus and Perkins building visitor parking bays

Note: Complimentary access to Category 0 facilities is provided to all researchers who are registered to use other facilities at CMCA, e.g. instruments in Categories 1-4. Researchers wishing to access only facilities in Category 0, e.g. sample prep or data processing computers will be required to pay for access. Please enquire through CMCA Admin if you wish to do this. 

Category 1:

Category 2:

  • Electron Microscopy: FEI Titan TEM, JEOL F200 Screening TEM, FEI Helios FIB-SEM, FEI Verios SEM, Zeiss SEM, Tescan SEM, JEOL 8530F microprobe (x2)
  • Advanced Light Microscopy: Nikon A1Si, Nikon A1RMP, Nikon A1 FLIM/FCS, Nikon SIM, Nikon STORM
  • X-ray Microscopy: Zeiss Versa 520 XRM
  • Scanned Probe Microscopy: Cypher VRS AFM, Keysight 5500 SPM, WITEC Alpha 300RA+ Confocal Raman, Hysitron TI 950 Nanoindenter
  • Flow Cytometry: BD Canto, BD Fortessa, BD Calibur, Luminex 200, BD Influx, BD Melody, CyTOF, Beckman Coulter Z2, 10x Chrominium Genomics Platform
  • Bioimaging Facility: Bruker Skyscan 1176 micro-CT, CRi Maestro 2, Caliper IVIS Lumina II, FUJIFILM VisualSonics Vevo LAZR-X, FUJIFILM VisualSonics Vevo 3100

Category 3:

  • Cryo Electron Microscopy: JEOL F200 cryoTEM, JEOL F200 Screening TEM, JEOL IT800 cryoSEM

Category 4:

  • Pre-clinical MRI: Bruker Biospec 9.4T MRI

Advice for grant applicants

Researchers applying for grant funding are advised to calculate their microscopy and analysis budget based on the relevant hourly charge (and not to incorporate block discounts into their budget). For grant schemes where UWA will provide in-kind support, the Internal rate ($15, $30 or $55) should be requested from the funding agency and the in-kind contribution from UWA should be included as $30, $60 or $110, respectively to reflect UWA’s two-thirds in-kind support for your access to CMCA facilities. 

Competitive Neutrality

Internal users should note that undertaking commercial work at the UWA internal rate is considered to be a breach of CMCA policy and may also be illegal under the Trade Practices Act 1974 administered by the ACCC. Internal users who need to undertake microscopy on behalf of a commercial client must discuss this with the platform leader prior to commencing work.

Associate

Eligibility criteria

Associate rates are available to Australian publicly funded researchers and Government organisations. This includes WA Research Partners.

All rates are exclusive of GST.

Membership fee paid on initial registration (inc. training in one platform, where applicable)

Honours & Masters by Coursework: $200
All others (PhD & Masters by Research, Post-docs & staff): $500

Training fee (per additional platform or instrument type)

All users: $200

CMCA staff operator charge

Staff: Price on application

Equipment access rates

 Hours

Category 1

Category 2 

Category 3

Category 4

Pay by the hour

$45 ($45/hour)

$90 ($90/hour)

$60 ($60/hour)

$165 ($165/hour)

Pre-pay block of 50

$1,500 ($30/hour)

$3,000 ($60/hour)

Not available

Not available

Pre-pay block of 100

$2,250 ($22.50/hour)

$4,500 ($45/hour)

$4,500 ($45/hour)

$15,000 ($150/hour)

Pre-pay block of 200

$3,000 ($15/hour)

$6,000 ($30/hour)

$7,500 ($37.50/hour)

$28,050 ($140.25/hour)

Pre-pay block of 400

$3,750 ($9.37/hour)

$7,500 ($18.75/hour)

Not available

$52,800 ($132/hour)

Instrument groups

Category 0:

  • Sample prep & ancillary equipment: CryoEM preparation facilities, microtomes, vibratome, glow discharge unit, vacuum oven, critical point dryer, freeze dryer, furnace, geological sample prep room, anesthetic trolleys
  • Analysis workstations and software
  • Crawley campus and Perkins building visitor parking bays

Note: Complimentary access to Category 0 facilities is provided to all researchers who are registered to use other facilities at CMCA, e.g. instruments in Categories 1-4. Researchers wishing to access only facilities in Category 0, e.g. sample prep or data processing computers will be required to pay for access. Please enquire through CMCA Admin if you wish to do this.

Category 1:

Category 2:

  • Electron Microscopy: FEI Titan TEM, JEOL F200 Screening TEM, FEI Helios FIB-SEM, FEI Verios SEM, Zeiss SEM, Tescan SEM, JEOL 8530F microprobe (x2)
  • Advanced Light Microscopy: Nikon A1Si, Nikon A1RMP, Nikon A1 FLIM/FCS, Nikon SIM, Nikon STORM
  • X-ray Microscopy: Zeiss Versa 520 XRM
  • Scanned Probe Microscopy: Cypher VRS AFM, Keysight 5500 SPM, WITEC Alpha 300RA+ Confocal Raman, Hysitron TI 950 Nanoindenter
  • Flow Cytometry: BD Canto, BD Fortessa, BD Calibur, Luminex 200, BD Influx, BD Melody, CyTOF, Beckman Coulter Z2, 10x Chrominium Genomics Platform
  • Bioimaging Facility: Bruker Skyscan 1176 micro-CT, CRi Maestro 2, Caliper IVIS Lumina II, FUJIFILM VisualSonics Vevo LAZR-X, FUJIFILM VisualSonics Vevo 3100

Category 3:

  • Cryo Electron Microscopy: JEOL F200 cryoTEM, JEOL F200 Screening TEM, JEOL IT800 cryoSEM

Category 4:

  • Pre-clinical MRI: Bruker Biospec 9.4T MRI

External users

Eligibility criteria:

External rates apply to commercial and industry-based projects.

CMCA works with external users in a variety of ways including:

  • Fee for service analysis charged by the hour
  • Research collaborations
  • Training of external users for direct facility access

Please contact us today to discuss your specific requirements in more detail.

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Microscopy Australia Flagship Ion Probe Facility

Rates for the UWA Ion probes (IMS 1280 Facility / NanoSIMS*2 Facility)

Rates Internal Associate
Membership fee $250 $500
Minimum charge (8 hours)1
$600 $600
Hourly charge $75/hour $75/hour


 

Please note:

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

User operation of both the Cameca IMS 1280 and NanoSIMS*2 Facility Ion probes is restricted to very experienced users.  

 

Commercial prices available on request. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.  

 

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Enquire about NanoSIMS 

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)


Platform/serviceInternalAssociate
Laser-MC-ICPMS (Neptune-plus or NUII)$660 day$1980 day
Laser-Quad/EL-ICPMS (X-Series or ELEMENT HR)
$500 day$1500 day
Solution-MC-ICPMS (NEPTUNE or NUII)$525 day$1575 day
Solution-ELEMENT-HR ICPMS$370 day$1110 day
Solution X-series-ICPMS$260 day$780 day  

Commercial prices available on request. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.  

 

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Metabolomics Australia

Our highly experienced team have many years of experience and have actively led, or supported hundreds of research programs for academic and commercial research objectives.

Please contact us today to discuss how we can assist with:

  • Sample preparation
  • Targeted and untargeted metabolomics programs
  • Metabolomics identification
  • Advanced data analysis and reporting


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WA Proteomics Facility

The WA Proteomics Facility is a node of Proteomics Australia based at CMCA that provides services to WA researchers including - sample analysis by mass spectrometry, data analysis and consulting. Services are delivered through a joint venture between The University of Western Australia and Proteomics International.

Our goal is to use our expertise and equipment to fuel cutting-edge research. We strive to form strong collaborations with any interested scientists to increase the value of their research.

Please contact us today to discuss how we can assist with:

  • Protein identification to provide evidence to link a protein to the gene that encodes it
  • Quantitative proteomics to reveal the abundance of specific proteins in a complex sample
  • Targeted proteomics to enable specific proteins of interest to be analysed
  • Flux proteomics to measure the synthesis and degradation rates of proteins

 

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