Rates and Fees

ULAR is required to recover the costs associated with the care of laboratory animals through per diem rates. Invoices are processed monthly and charged interdepartmentally to the principal investigator’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) project or Workday tags as located on the animal cage card and room census sheet. For additional information, contact ularinfo@osu.edu.

Mouse Ventilated $0.83 / Cage $2.49 / Cage
Ventilated (paper bedding) $0.86 / Cage $2.58 / Cage
Ventilated (sterile) $1.04 / Cage $3.12 / Cage
Ventilated (sterile – enhanced) $1.42 / Cage $4.26 / Cage
Static $1.04 / Cage $3.12 / Cage
Static (sterile – standard size) $1.55 / Cage $4.64 / Cage
Static (sterile – large) $2.36 / Cage $7.09 / Cage
Rats Ventilated $1.55 / Cage $4.64 / Cage
Ventilated (paper bedding) $1.71 / Cage $5.13 / Cage
Ventilated (sterile) $2.32 / Cage $6.95 / Cage
Static $2.36 / Cage $7.08 / Cage

Per Diem (animal housing costs)

Per diem rates are based on the cost analysis and recovery procedures delineated in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cost Analysis and Rate Setting Manual for Animal Research Facilities.

Beginning in FY 2012, all rodents are now charged by the cage, rather than by the individual animal. For additional information, contact ularinfo@osu.edu.


When preparing grant applications, please budget for a 4% annual increase in per diem rates.

Surgery Fees

Extensive, state-of-the-art surgical facilities are available in Wiseman Hall. Charges are based on the room and equipment used, as well as the support services requested. Contact ulartech@osu.edu with specific questions.

Technical Support

Supplies (when applicable): Charged at cost + 65%

If unable to order supplies due to licensing requirements, it may be possible to order through ULAR by contacting ulartech@osu.edu. Orders are placed every 2 weeks, so plan accordingly. Additional charges may apply if an urgent order is needed.

To order supplies or request sterilization, complete the ULAR Supply Sterilization and Order Request Form.

Personnel: Fees will be rounded up to the nearest 15-minute increment and may include travel time. Hourly personnel charges are as follows:

  • ULAR business hours (Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.): $39.50/hour
  • Weekend/evening/holiday hours:  $56.47/hour

To Schedule Technical Services: Contact ulartraining@osu.edu for further details on scheduling information.

BUP-SR:  Requests for administration of Buprenorphine Sustained Release (BUP-SR) must go through the LAHT in your facility by completing the Buprenorphine SR Injection Request Form. For more information visit the Guidelines page, stop by (BRT 0010), or call the LAHT office (614-688-4375).

Weaning (if performed by ULAR technicians):  $25/new cage