Pricing for Food Record Analysis Service

General pricing effective June 12, 2017 – June 10, 2018

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Type of Service Price
Study Initiation Charge (depending on study requirements)a $1000 – $3500
Principle Investigator Oversight (minimum 1% effort)b $200/month
University IRB fee- only applies to industry projectsc $0 or $2500
Food record analysis, per diet day (days 1-3)d $44/diet day
Food record analysis, per diet day (days > 4 day)d $22/diet day
PLUS Indirect Cost Rate (ICR)e


a Study Initiation (Setup) Charge – This cost includes preparing the University of Minnesota IRB application, developing a manual of procedures specific to the study, setting up a data logbook for participants, and training and certifying NCC interviewers on the study-specific protocol. Typical set up charge is $2000 but can vary according to the complexity of the study.



bPrincipal Investigator Oversight – The University of Minnesota requires ethical, procedural and financial oversight of research being conducted at the University.  Dr. Lisa Harnack, DrPH, RD provides general oversight for all NCC studies conducted by researchers outside of the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Harnack meets regularly with the project manager to review work priorities, assess work progress and overview timelines. She is available as needed to attend project meetings.



cUniversity of Minnesota IRB Fee – The University of Minnesota IRB assesses a fee of $2500 for reviewing industry funded sponsored project IRB applications.  Continuing reviews will be completed for subsequent years of the project at no additional charge.



dThe price per diet day is higher for the first three diet record days entered for a study participant and lower for those above 3 days because the record entry process becomes more efficient with increasing days of entry for a participant.



eThe University of Minnesota will apply (add) a facilities and administrative/indirect cost to projects based on established rates.  For NIH funded studies, the indirect rate is currently 52%.