The MBNF is moving to a fee-for-services structure, reflecting number of animals and hours of testing associated with a specific project. Costs will cover per diems for animals during testing, RA costs, and equipment use and maintenance. It is expected that collaborators/PIs will reimburse fees through extramural or other funding sources.
During our initial phase of development, and through the generosity of Academic Plan support, we are performing behavioral evaluations for a limited number of studies on a subsidized (gratis) basis. Availability is based on scheduling and other constraints — contact the Director, R.H. Fitch, for more information. **Research subsidized by MBNF funding should include “Research supported by the Murine Behavioral Neurogenetics Facility, University of Connecticut” in all posters and manuscripts.
Below is a statement that PIs may use in writing new grant proposals, to support inclusion of behavioral phenotyping methodology (Methods, Facilities). A formula is also provided to estimate Budget costs.* Finally, MBNF Directors can provide a Letter of Support to attach to proposals on request.
Facility Description for Grant Proposals
“The University of Connecticut Murine Behavioral Neurogenetics Facility is available to faculty and PIs on a Fee-for-services basis. The MBNF can perform a range of motor, social, cognitive, anxiety-based, and sensory tasks on mice — as determined by research needs. The MBNF Director (RHF) is a full professor of behavioral neuroscience with 20+ years experience in behavioral phenotyping of rodents. The MBNF Co-Director (JJL) has 20+ years experience in genetic engineering of rodent models. The facility is housed in approximately 850 square feet of research space in Bousfield, contiguous to the AALAC accredited Vivarium, and houses numerous paradigms, automated tasks, and audio/video recording facilities. The MBNF is staffed by a fulltime RA and student assistants.”
Fee Formula for Grant Budgets
The PI should contact RHF for a more detailed assessment, but rough costs can be calculated by:
Number animals (total) x testing days (estimated) x $4*
Sample: A typical study of a single-gene mutation would require 24 animals (12 KO and 12 wild-type). A basic battery of motor, emotional and sensory tasks would take about 20 days (Mon-Fri). Estimated cost: 24X20X3=$1,920. (This includes housing costs for 20 mice for the month).
*Fee-for-service formula subject to change. MBNF will honor fees at time of grant submission if included in original Budget.