Note: these details apply to individuals visiting and/or participating in research at FHL, and do not apply to Whiteley Scholars or visiting groups. If you are interested in staying at the Whiteley Center, see Whiteley Costs. Groups should refer to our section on Conferences and Field Trips for group costs. Students enrolled in FHL courses or research apprenticeships can find information under Courses – Costs.


Paying by card, check, or cash?  See  Visitor Standard Rates

If paying directly from a UW budget (regardless of UW affiliation), see Visitor UW Budget Rates.

Opportunities for Research Support

For information on opportunities for support to do research at FHL, see Research Fellowships

10-Day Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel all or part of your stay, please notify the Visitors Coordinator in writing at least 10 days before the first date to be cancelled. For any dates cancelled fewer than 10 days in advance, FHL will charge 20% of estimated expenses for housing and all fees.

Cleaning Policy

If after departure, additional staff time is required for cleaning or repairs to a housing unit or lab space beyond what is ordinarily needed, you will be billed for extra time at a rate of $57.20 + tax ($50 if paid on UW Budget)/hour.

Researcher Fees Policy

April 15, 2020


Institutional budgets at FHL that historically were supported by Indirect Cost funds (for research administration and general institutional support) or lab rental fees (for maintenance of lab spaces, common-use equipment, etc.) are now substantially in debt. The UW Office of Planning and Budgeting (OPB) requires that FHL eliminate this accumulated deficit by June, 2023.  As part of a multi-pronged approach to reducing the deficit, we are proposing a new Facility Fee in addition to the existing Lab Rental Fee, with accompanying policy regarding conditions under which researchers are required to pay the fees. Once deficits are eliminated, new cost proposals will be prepared and if possible, fees reduced.

Types of Fees

Facility Fee

Daily rate of $7 per person (plus UW overhead and sales tax if not paid on a UW budget), with discounted rates for weekly and monthly periods. This fee will also be charged of all visitors using FHL (other than Whiteley Center) facilities beyond housing, except for conference participants (charged Conference Fees).  FHL Facility fee covers stockroom consumables and wear and tear on checkouts like microscopes and lights; common use equipment and spaces including sea tables, scanners, molecular lab, RO water, electron microscopes, and rowboats; wear and tear on meeting rooms and overall campus facilities; services such as caretaker availability and mail and package processing.

Lab Rental Fee

Daily rate of $34 per lab space (plus UW overhead and sales tax if not paid on a UW budget), with discounted rates for weekly and monthly periods. This fee covers rental of physical research spaces including cold rooms and assigned outdoor spaces such as tank farm. This fee will be paid by any researcher assigned a physical lab space except UW students and researchers.

Fees for non-UW Researchers

  • Independent, non-UW researchers will be charged a Facility Fee and, if assigned a research space, a Lab Rental Fee.
  • Non-UW researchers collaborating with a resident scientist who has permanent space will be charged only a Facility Fee, unless they require a separate lab space.

Fees for UW Researchers

Facility Fee

University of Washington researchers and students who use FHL facilities are expected to help support FHL infrastructure by a) bringing IDC from grants through FHL, b) paying Facility Fees, AND/OR c) contributing substantially to the scholarly life at FHL.

IDC rates allowed by sponsor agencies vary enormously, from 0% (many non-profits and some state funding sources) to the UW’s current federally approved IDC rate of 55.5%. While 0%-IDC grants are important in funding research efforts and contributing to scholarly activity at FHL, they do not support FHL budgets or infrastructure through the return of IDC back to FHL.

Facility Fees will be waived for UW faculty, staff and students if they are EITHER 1) supported by grants run through FHL with IDC rates >30%; OR 2) pursuing research and service activities that directly support FHL graduate students, administrative costs, or other FHL priorities (determined in consultation with the FHL Director, described below under Partial Fee Waivers).

Facility Fee Waivers for UW researchers

Facility Fees will be waived for individuals supported by grants that are run through FHL if the grants meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • The grant has the full, UW-negotiated indirect cost rates applicable for on- or off-campus research, as defined by the UW.
  • The grant is formally tied to existing UW programs with alternative indirect cost rates, and their associated educational, research or outreach missions, such as the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) or Washington State Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (WACFWRU)
  • The grant provides at least 30% of its total direct project costs in support of students at FHL (salary, benefits, stipends, and/or tuition)
  • The grant includes at least 10% of total direct costs in the form of appropriate and permissible charges for FHL administrative or institutional support.

Partial Fee Waivers for UW researchers

UW Researchers (including Emeritus faculty) who use FHL facilities but who have no grants through FHL, or whose grants through FHL meet none of the above criteria, will be charged partial Facility Fees following negotiations with the Director of FHL. Considerations in these negotiations will include:

  • Professional status of the researcher; fees may be reduced for postdocs or early-career researchers if they have no funds available for this purpose.
  • The researcher’s current contributions to scholarly life at FHL. Relevant contributing activities may include: a. mentoring students, including REU students; b. using time and funds from other sources to help maintain common-use facilities such as the Molecular Lab, Imaging Lab, or Flumes; c. representing FHL on university committees; d. participating extensively in FHL outreach activities.
  • Total IDC returned to FHL; if a researcher runs grants through FHL that have low IDC rates but are large overall, and thus bring substantial funds to FHL, Facility Fees may be partially or fully waived at the discretion of the Director.
  • If a researcher who normally runs grants through FHL is without active grant funding, they will not be charged Facility Fees for a grace period of 12 months on the condition that they apply for external grants within this grace period.

Lab Rental Fee

Lab Rental Fees, which are associated with UW buildings, will not be charged to any UW researcher, including graduate students, faculty, research scientists, and other titles with formal UW affiliation.

Fees for Student Researchers (graduate, undergraduate, or in between)

  • Student researchers are charged as noted above for UW and non-UW researchers.
  • UW student researchers (matriculated graduate students or undergraduates) will not be charged a Lab Rental Fee, but will be charged a Facility Fee. If possible, the advisors of these students should cover the Facility Fee; when this is not feasible, UW students will be given priority for research fellowships to entirely cover these costs as well as defraying the costs of room and board at FHL.
  • Non-UW student researchers will be charged a Facility Fee, and a Lab Rental Fee if they are assigned an independent lab space. Faculty advisors are encouraged to cover these fees for their students whenever possible. Students who do not have other sources of funds are encouraged to apply for an FHL student research fellowship (supported by donor funds) to help offset both these fees as well as defraying the costs of room and board at FHL.

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