Accessing the BMSF
The Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Facility is a NSW Government funded facility within Australia's National Collaborative Research
Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is therefore accessible to all researchers in Australia. The cost of providing
access to the BMSF is met by an
access fee paid in part by the user with contributions from institutional (e.g., UNSW) and
government infrastructure funding (e.g., NCRIS).
Access work flows range from occasional samples on a "fee-for-service" (FFS) basis (
via a downloadable form) to extensive registered projects where "do it yourself" (DIY) users are registered and
trained to operate equipment at the BMSF. Projects often involve considerable guidance and supervision from BMSF staff. The work flow (left to right) for sample submission
and user access to the BMSF is shown below.
Access rates, set primarily for hours of instrument time used, are essentially tiered into 2 levels: Academic (public sector researchers) and
commercial (private sector). Academic researchers have the option of FFS access rate or a lower cost DIY rate after appropriate training on the facility's equipment.
These modes of access fit into the NCRIS node access levels:
NCRIS Access Level
Level 1: Meritorious Researchers
BMSF Academic FFS (
Level 2: International/Industry
BMSF Commercial (
Level 3: Research Hotel
BMSF Academic DIY (
Level 4: Baseline Access
BMSF Chromatography only (