Service Fees

There are fees charged for use of the Image and Data Acquisition Core (IDAC).  Fees vary with the type of service, whether the user is working independently or needs the assistance of the core director as well as whether the user is from the University of Idaho (Internal User), another academic institution (External User) or from a corporation (Corporate User).  For on-campus users, they may also choose the option of paying for services by the hour or purchasing a 3-month pass.  Passes are available for Confocal Microscopy, Analysis or Flow Cytometry.

Image and Data Acquisition Core (IDAC)
FY2021-FY2022 Rate Structure

Hourly Rates for Independent-User Activities

RateAnalysis*Widefield MicroscopyOlympus ConfocalNikon ConfocalFACS- SortingFlow Cytometry Analysis
Internal Rate$15.00$20.00$30.00$35.00$120.00$75.00
External Rate$66.31$109.42$153.65$171.92$577.36$357.94
*includes use of the analysis computers and histology microscope

Hourly Rates for Full-Service Activities and Training Sessions for Independent-Users**

RateAnalysisWidefield MicroscopyOlympus ConfocalNikon ConfocalFACS- SortingFlow Cytometry Analysis
Internal Rate$50.00$50.00$50.00$50.00$50.00$50.00
External Rate$232.68$232.68$232.68$232.68$232.68$232.68
**This fee is in addition to the hourly cost of any instrument use.

Independent-User 3 Month Pass

RateAnalysis PassFlow Cytometry PassConfocal Microscopy Pass
Internal Rate$250.00$500.00$900.00
External Rate$1,234.52$2,175.41$3,918.94

3-month pass option for Independent Users — All users must be trained individually by the IDAC Director. There are some limitations associated with the passes so as to continue to allow access to hourly users. For the Confocal Pass, one can only reserve 3 hours in one session and 10 hours in one week. For the Flow Cytometer Pass, one is allowed to reserve 4 hours per session and 15 hours per week. For the Analysis Pass, a user can reserve 4 hours per session and 15 hours per week.


All users of the Image and Data Acquisition Core must abide by Biosafety Level II safety policies, take proper care of instruments, log usage time and use their card access privileges only for the cardholder. Deviations from acceptable protocol are reasons for dismissal from the IDAC.