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Lab Fees

Fee Schedules


The fees and overhead applied are determined by how your organization is classified. Direct costs are reported on Badger and applied to organization categories as described below. (Please see Overhead for a description of how this is applied by category.) :

  • Stanford University and Affiliates: Any internal Stanford department or institute, including SLAC.
  • Other Academic: Non-Stanford University, higher-educational institution. Includes government research organizations.
  • Industry: Companies, foreign research labs.
  • Industry SBIR: Companies supported by a recognized SBIR program may be eligible for the special discount SBIR rate. Documentation of the SBIR award will be required. For more information, contact our Program Manager.

Equipment Use

Equipment fees are used to recover the associated operating costs associated (general supplies, gases, spare parts, etc.) Equipment charges are based on usage time. There is no charge for time in the cleanroom, only for equipment use. Most tools in the lab are charged at the Base Rate. Other tools may be "no charge" or fall into the "Reduced Rate" or "Premium Rate" tools. The tools in each category is listed in the current fees page.

.Precious metal use is charged, in addition to Base Rate for metallization tools; this will appear as equipment use charges for these tools. Current precious metal recharge rates are listed on the current fees page.

Cap and Notched Cap System

The Cap system is a graduated monthly equipment use fee that is applied to most tools in the Cleanroom. Equipment use below the Cap is charged at the hourly base rate. Equipment use above the Notched Cap of 100 hours is charged at 20% of the Base Rate. Equipment use between the Cap and Notched Cap accrues no additional charge above the Cap. The equipment use fees are cumulative for the calendar month and reset to zero on the first day of every month. The Cap is a dollar amount; the actual equipment time a labmember may have incurred to reach the Cap will depend on the rate of the tools used (base, reduced, or premium rates.) Currently, the Cap amount is about equal to 50 hours at the Base Rate.


The Cap system allows researchers to work without having to watch the clock -- and has the added benefit of allowing project managers to accurately budget for lab fees since they become more predictable, which particularly useful in funding proposals. The Notched Cap discourages wasteful equipment use and encourages safety by imposing costs on excess hours worked in the lab.

Multiple labmembers on the same account are each subject to his/her own caps. One labmember working on more multiple accounts is subject to a cap for each account. In summary: one cap or notched cap per person, per project, per calendar month.

Staff Support

Staff charges are incurred for staff supported lab activities, such as training and processing requests. Training recharge rates are listed on the current fees page; recharge time for tool training is detailed in Equipment Contacts. Limited support for fabrication services is offered and charged at the Staff Recharge rates indicated. Process Staff and Technical Liaisons are available for consultation inside and outside te lab without charge. There is also no charge for the Orientation and Safety Laboratory Class. However, projects requiring major technical assistance might be subject to Staff Recharge.


Stanford University charges overhead for all sponsored projects and related activities. Overhead rates are available on the DoResearch site. Labmembers can look up current charges on Badger, which are reported as direct costs. Overhead is applied to all direct charges, including from staff support and the stockroom, as well as equipment use. Invoices are issued by the University to non-Stanford/SLAC organizations and will list overhead as "Facilities and Administrative Charges" for each line item.

  • Stanford University and Affiliates: The applicable overhead depends on the type of account; the University does not issue invoices for internal accounts and will automatically apply the appropriate overhead.
  • Other Academic: Non-Stanford University academic and government research institutions are subject to the "non-sponsored Receivables rate for External, higher-education users."
  • Industry/Industry SBIR: All other organization are subject to the "non-sponsored Receivables rate" for external, non-academic users.