Modes of Access

The Center is committed to providing access to state-of-the-art technology for an affordable budget. Mass spectrometry and associated applications (i.e. proteomics, glycomics, metabolomics, lipidomics) are not simple techniques with one-size-fits-all solutions. Therefore, the Center operates with a flexible model designed to provide investigators with access to state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and bioinformatics in the manner best suited to each individual project.

Modes of access include fee-for-service, collaborative agreements, and self-service. This model supports our ability to handle large and small projects either with standard protocols or developing new workflows to address needs of the investigator.

CBMSR modes of access

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In this mechanism, we work with investigators to complete a defined task using well-established, validated service lines and protocols. Investigators are charged per sample at a cost-study approved rate. This is the fastest mode of service, as it uses standardized protocols applied to pre-defined study types.

The number and variety of approaches we offer as fee-for-service are continually expanding, and largely depend on available instrumentation and demand for the approach.

As protocols are developed and validated by Center staff, we offer them in the fee-for-service mode.

Fee-For-Service Menu and Rates (PDF)

CBMSR fee-for-service description

  Collaborative Projects

For projects that do not fit into the fee-for-service line, the collaboration model involves the partial or full funding of a Center researcher. Investigators benefit by having a dedicated professional specialist guide the project to completion, and have more flexibility regarding study design. This is best for large endeavors requiring the adaptation or development of the latest mass spectrometry-based techniques. Fees are calculated on a per-study basis.

CBMSR collaborative projects process

Why it works

  • Modern approaches are rarely one-size-fits all and often require considerable time and effort to develop and implement new methods
  • During method development, not every sample "works", so "per sample" fees don't make sense
  • Investigators can be invoiced or can include salary directly in a grant budget

How much does it cost?

Fees for Collaborative Projects are calculated on a per-study basis, and include:

  • Actual cost for consumables and reagents
  • Operations fee (contribution to instrument maintenance costs, bioinformatic licensing fees, and other operational fees)
  • Percent effort of a Center researcher

There are several instruments available for self-service access that can be used for a limited set of experiment types. Users must receive training by Center staff via attending workshops and one-on-one training sessions. Once users can demonstrate suitable proficiency in sample preparation, instrument operation, and data analysis, they can reserve time and use the instrumentation independently.

This mode of access is especially well-suited to those investigators needing to QC products generated in their laboratory, including recombinant proteins, synthetic peptides, and new small molecule compounds.

Self-Service Menu and Rates (PDF)

CBMSR self-service process