November 29, 2015

Lab Fees

Revised 10/2015

The Marine Biological Laboratory provides laboratories to those investigators who wish to take advantage of the MBL’s facilities, services, and exceptional collaborative research environment and rent space in the MBL Whitman Center.  Laboratory space can be rented by independent scientists (see rates below) or arrangements can be made to be hosted by a resident research center or affiliated with one of MBL’s preeminent discovery courses.

Any investigators coming to the MBL must apply each year.  The application deadline for rentals during May through September is December 15 of the preceding year.

For those who wish to participate in research associated with a course, arrangements must be made in advance and approved by the course directors and the Director of Research Administration and Programs.  For those collaborating with MBL’s resident faculty, stays for up to 4 months can be arranged with approval by the host lab and the center director.  Longer appointments for 4 months to a year need approval from the host lab, the center director, and the Director of Research Administration and Programs.

During the months of May through August, laboratories are rented at the rate of $75.00 per square foot for a 4-month period even if your stay will be shorter.  Most of the laboratories available for rent fall into one of the following categories:

  • Class 1, ~228 square feet, $17,100 for four months
  • Class 2, ~314 square feet, $23,550 for four months
  • Class 3, ~251 square feet, $18,825 for four months
  • Class 4, ~291 square feet, $21,825 for four months

From September through April, laboratories may be rented by the month at the rate of $12.50 per square foot per month.  For those needing only a very small area, the minimum rentable space, if available, is 100 square feet.

The office of the Director of Research Administration & Programs will attempt to find laboratory space, sharing arrangements if necessary, and adjacencies that meet the needs of each applicant but cannot guarantee room assignments or sharing arrangements.  MBL offers competitive fellowships which help to support independent investigators.  These fellowships include lab rental for four months during the peak season and housing for up to ten weeks.  For details, see Whitman Center Fellowship Program.

Independent laboratory space is also available to qualified researchers who wish to spend sabbatical leaves at the MBL. Well-maintained general use facilities and a large inventory of rental equipment are available to help meet applicants’ needs.  Sabbatical-year investigators can also be hosted within the laboratory and office space of a resident research center.

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