ELMILAB access and user fees

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Access to the instruments and laboratories

If you are interested in electron microscopic work at ELMILAB, please read about our services and guidelines first. ELMILAB provides electron microscopic services and instrument access for registered users only.

Beginners and standard users intending to work self-dependently at ELMILAB are asked to arrange appointments with the ELMILAB staff for instrument access and support during the standard opening hours (weekdays from 8.00h to 16.00h). During this period staff will be available to assist users in operating the instruments and sample preparation. 

Expert users granted self-dependent instrument operation can book the respective machines anytime.

Contact post-elmi@uib.no for booking of instruments and services and any inquiries.


The fees for using ELMILAB are based on the costs arising from the provision and maintenance of the instruments and laboratories, and personnel expenses. All fees are calculated on an hourly basis.

 Electron microscopeSample preparation laboratoryStaff time (assistance, service, training*)
UiB MatNat faculty150 NOK/h75 NOK/h300 NOK/h
Other academic users300 NOK/h150 NOK/h650 NOK/h
Commercial activity800 NOK/h300 NOK/h1300 NOK/h

Small amounts of standard chemicals and consumables are included in the lab fee for sample preparation. Extensive use of chemicals, consumables, and other expensive items is charged according to the purchase price. Users intending the self-dependent operation of ultramicrotomes are asked to bring their diamond knives. Expenses for substantial use of file storage and cloud computing resources will be charged according to the service provider's fees (file storage: currently 7 NOK/(dxTB)).

All prices excl. VAT. VAT is not charged for researchers with funds administered through UiB.

*The initial training on instrument operation for self-dependent users is free of charge, but fees for staff time apply for further substantial assistance and teaching of individual users, and for services conducted by ELMILAB personnel.