How much does it cost to use the tools at Nanolab?

Each tool that we have is charged according to the amount of time they have been occupied. Each tool we have belongs to a specific category name A, B, C … F. The hourly rate for each tool can be seen in the pricebook.

Why is the cost of Nanolab higher for commercial than external project usage?

By Danish law we must charge commercial customers at least what it costs DTU to provide a given service, this includes cost typically associated with overhead: salary to administration, cost for campus maintenance, cost for central DTU buildings etc.

For users on external projects we maintain a cost less than the cost for DTU to provide the service – here overhead costs are excluded. That means by the very nature of the cost objects involved in the two prices the academic price will always be lower than the commercial price.

Why is the pricing policy different between 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.