Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Call the ULAM main office at 734-764-0277. We will route your question to the correct person.
The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine is a core service which is responsible for the animal care program at the University. Operational costs are recovered as a recharge to Principal Investigators purchasing animals, services and/or housing animals in ULAM managed areas. Per diem rates for animal care or direct charges for personnel costs and supplies are based on the cost analysis and recovery procedures outlined in the NIH document Cost Analysis and Rate Setting Manual for Animal Resource Facilities (NIH Publication No. 00-2006. Revised May, 2000). The rates are reviewed annually by UM administrative officers. As of July 1, 2010 all ULAM animal program based costs will be subject to the prevailing rate for Federal funding and non-Federal (sponsored) funding. For non-sponsored funding at the Medical School, a 20% Quality Assurance Fee (QAF) will be applied to all ULAM transactions.
This surcharge covers the cost of ordering the animals and placing them into the animal housing room.
The Veterinary Service Fee is paid by all projects using animals. If you are providing care for your own animals you are still required to pay the Veterinary Service Fee. This fee covers the cost of having clinical veterinary staff at the University of Michigan, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you have a sick animal, you can call and request veterinary care and you will not be charged. The fee also covers the sentinel/surveillance program for rodent housing.
The corresponding indirect costs will not flow correctly from one project/grant to the other. The cleanest way to transfer charges from one type of project/grant to another is to have ULAM "un-bill" the original charges and "bill" the project/grant you would like to have the charge ultimately pay for the services. This way the corresponding indirect costs and Quality Assurance Fees will be un-billed and billed correctly.
First, look at the data on the bottom of your statement. Does it look like you are being charged for animals that you believe to be gone? You will need to contact the ULAM main office at734-76 4-0277. They will research your claim and make an adjustment if they believe that you were overcharged.
We can re-create your statements from as far back as December 1997. If you would like copies, contact the ULAM main office at 734-764-0277. Have your Investigator Name, Short Codes, and dates ready when you place the call.
The reason we send the statement to the Principal Investigator is to remind them that they have animals housed under ULAM care. We do have a way to send an invoice to two people, the PI and the reconciler. Just call the ULAM main office at 734-764-0277 and ask to have your name added to the alternate mailing list for your project/grants.