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Core Imaging Facility


Mission Statement

The mission of the Core Imaging Facility is to serve the research community on the UMB campus. The pricing policy is reviewed annually by the steering committee to ensure that the service charges reflect the running costs of the Facility, including the cost of service contract, maintenance/repair and supplies.

Dental School and the Medical School jointly support the EMCF so the pricing listed in the fee schedule is for Dental school and Medical school users only.  Users from other schools and Camups of U Maryland system are subject to an additional 25% service surcharges.  Users from for-profit organization are subject to an 100% surcharge.  However, our service fees remain competitive and our goal is to make electron microscopy services and scope usage affordable to all researchers.

High-volume usage of  Core Imaging Facility will make the management more cost-effective, which translates to lower charges incurred by each user. CIF fee schedule has been reduced twice since the re-opeing in 2007 reflecting the increase of usage. 

Equal Access Policy

In order to ensure equal access to CIF instrument by all user groups, reservation of instrument may be scheduled in advance for maximum of THREE hours for a day but no more than 10 hours (or 25% of total scope avaialble time)  per week .  Users who need extra scope or instrument time due to special circumstances should contact CIF Director for pre-approval.  In the event of heavy subscription, the priority will be given based on the guideline determined by the steering committee. 

Explotory Projects

The CIF steering commitee also recognizes the need to support  high risk exploratory research and preliminary projects that are essential in  obtaining funding.  Investigators who are conducting research invloving advanced EM techniques or preliminary EM-related exploratory projects can submit a proposal to the steering committee; including the specific aim of the projects and the possible outcome and a letter of support from his/her chairman.  The sterering committee will review the proposal at a first come-frist serve basis.  Once the exploratory project status is aproved,  CIF will waive the service charges. 

Please contact CIF Director for more details.