We record bookings and usage time for most of the tools at our facilities electronically. The tools each belong to a specific price category. We use these data to calculate the final price.

You can find the hourly rate for each tool in our price books.

Differences in costs for academic and commercial users
By Danish law, we must charge commercial customers at least what it costs DTU to provide a given service.

For users on external projects, we maintain a cost less than the cost for DTU to provide the service because the overheads costs are excluded. This means, the academic price will always be lower than the commercial price.

Pricing policy for materials and services
Basically materials and services are two completely different things. Materials are certain goods where Nanolab has an inventory and depending on a user’s direct action these goods will leave the inventory. In that way Nanolab is purely acting as an intermediate storage. The value of the materials are directly documentable through the invoices for the goods.

Services on the other hand, do not result in a certain commodity leaving our storage and the value of the service is not directly documentable through a sub-supplier invoice. The cost of the service depends on calculations relating various cost objects through distribution keys.

Usually funding agencies view these as completely different things as well, which means that it is fairly straightforward to claim materials cost (including in Horizon 2020 projects), whereas services can be much harder to get approved, since quite a few funding agencies view access to expensive infrastructure as an overhead expense.

IT possibilities at DTU Nanolab
We provide a basic IT infrastructure for all users at Nanolab. On top of this, we offer the possibility to purchase additional IT services in collaboration with the Office for IT Service (AIT). We describe the possibilities in the brochure beneath.