Hours and Rates

Hours of Operation

The core is open (by appointment) Monday-Friday from 8AM-6PM.


To cancel a reservation, please contact the core as soon as possible, at least 24 hours before your appointment.  If you do not cancel before your appointment, you will be charged for the entire appointment.

Hourly Rates

Internal Partners 
User Fee
External Academic 
User Fee
External Industry 
User Fee
Independent Use*
Limted Technician-Assisted Use
Training (for independent users)

Minimum reservation time is 1 hour. Time is billed in from the start time of the reservation, until the end of the actual check-out time.

*This option is available to users who have undergone training by the technician and have been authorized as “independent users.”


Confocal uses are charged according to the guideline below. Please email Yick Fong (yfong@bwh.harvard.edu) if you have any questions.

(1) Any no-shows will be charged in full unless you have compelling reasons why you cannot cancel the reservation 24 hours in advance, as stated on our confocal core website. While we understand last-minute cancellation can occur due to nature of the experiments, repeat offenders will be charged in full and may lose Core privilege. DO NOT alter/cancel your reservation at the last minute, we can find out.

(2) Please sign up in advance, and sign up for hours that you actually need. We will charge according to the hours that you sign up if the actual check-out time is half an hour (or more) earlier than what was blocked off on the sign-up calendar. For example, if Bob signs up for 5 hours and ends up only using 4 hours, we will charge Bob for the full 5 hours. This is to ensure access to scope by ALL users.

(3) Minimum reservation time is 1 hour. If you sign up for 1 hour but only use 30 min, we will still charge the full hour.

Invoice will be filed in 7 business days. If you have any questions, or wish to use a different funding number than the one indicated in the invoices, please contact me immediately.