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CNF Tool Costs


CNF charges a one-time fee for individuals to participate in the safety training and orientation to become a badged user of the facility. All further trainings, process support and consultations are included in this fee indefinitely. There are fees, however, for daily lab access and for the use of tools.


CNF does not publish a rate sheet for these lab fees, but our User Program managers are eager to assist you, should you wish to estimate a budget for your current or future work. They can advise you based on many years of experience in assisting researchers to attain their research goals. At CNF we assess only a modest daily lab access fee, and then charge for each individual major tool by the usage time as recorded by our lab management software. Each tool has an hourly rate and a minimum usage time that supports the expense to acquire, operate and maintain it. Your rate class depends on whether you are working for an academic institution, government lab, or a company. Our core grant comes from the US National Science Foundation to subsidize access for academic researchers. They require that our fees for services to industry users do not undercut the pricing of similar commercial services. CNF does offer a discount for heavy users of all types, in the form of a “soft cap” that lowers the hourly rates once a dollar threshold is met in a twelve-month period.


For more information, please contact the User Program



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