Charges and booking
The AIF is a small research facility and can be found under 'Research facilities' in Lucre for grant applications. Search in Lucre for "AIF Advanced Imaging" or "AIF Vectra Polaris", depending on the type of imaging you want to include in your grant application. Please, take care that the total cost on Lucre reflects the costs as given below.
We have to charge for use of the microscopes to cover the running, maintenance and salary costs of the imaging facility. Please note that internal charges only cover part of the full running costs; the AIF is still subsidised by the College of Life Sciences.
Charges since 1 February 2023. Charges are by financial year (August to July) and for internal use only.
|Postdoc/non-student||£51.00 per hour with a maximum of £5100 per year for new grant applications. On LUCRE look for: 'Advanced Imaging Facility - Microscopes'.|
|Undergraduate student||£5 per hour with a maximum of 10% of bench fees (£50) - maximum only for College of Life Sciences students.|
|Postgraduate student||£5 per hour with a maximum of 10% of bench fees (£50) - maximum only for College of Life Sciences students.|
|PhD student||£10 per hour with a maximum of 10% of bench fees for a standard PhD, which includes a bench fee - maximum only for College of Life Sciences students.
£20 per hour if you apply for your own PhD grant funding to a funding body.
|Vectra Polaris slide scanner/all users||£16 per hour; no maximum. This is independent of charges for use of other microscope systems in the AIF and subject to change. For large projects, please contact Dr Kees Straatman. On Lucre look for: 'AIF Vectra Polaris slide scanner'.|
Parties interested in use of our equipment from outside the University of Leicester, please contact the facility manager Dr Kees Straatman for information and pricing.
There are special circumstances where alternative charges apply. For example: to obtain preliminary data for a grant application or to finish an article after the grant has finished. Users who want to make use of this possibility are asked to write a short proposal.