The MSC provides analysis through fee for service and collaborative grant mechanisms.
Fee for Service
We are a Health Sciences Core Facility and bill monthly through their mechanism for fee for service projects. Accounts can be created at www.hscrf.pitt.edu or just click the “Login” tab. You may already have an account if you have used another core facility. The account number listed in your profile will be charged by default unless you provide an additional account number.
- R level grants that include MSC collaboration require a subcontract covering effort for the MSC co-investigator, supplies, and instrument time based on the scope of work described in the approach. We are happy to assist with preliminary data through our fee for service mechanism and with letters of support, facilities, resources, and other documentation for collaborative grant submissions. Please contact us no later than 45 days in advance for grant submissions and no less than four months in advance if you are seeking preliminary data for your grant submission.
- Pilot grants and small foundation grants will be supported by the MSC and do not necessarily require a sub contract. A budget can be determined for the proposed work and the MSC will support the grant submission with a letter of support and a description of our facilities and resources.
- The faculty of The MSC serve on many thesis committees and mentoring committees for trainees. We are always willing to provide letters of support and grant assistance to trainees and their grant submissions.
We utilize our -80°C freezer to store samples that we will run for investigators; however, this is only temporary storage space to accommodate many ongoing projects. If we contact you to return samples when a project is completed or halted for an indeterminate amount of time you must make accommodations to pick up your samples within 30 days. If samples remain in our freezer after this time, we will charge for sample storage at the rate of $500/month.