DSC Payment Information

Dicty Stock Center Fees and Payment Information

The National Institute of Health mandates that fees are charged for Dicty Stock Center (DSC) services. The fees listed below are being charged starting August 10th, 2015. The DSC fills any request from bona fide teaching or non-profit research institutions.

Users from for-profit institutions need to send an email stating that the materials will be used for research only and no profit will be made from DSC materials.


Customers from non-profit organizations:
Strain: $30.-
Plasmid: $15.-
Other Material: $40.-

Customers from for-profit organizations:
Strain: $100.-
Plasmid: $50.-
Other Material: $200.-

We need to charge extra when ordering several plates of the same strain. Up to two plates are the price of one strain ($30.-). When ordering >2 we charge an extra strain fee for every set of two, e.g. $60.- for 4, $90.- for 6 plates.

Fees only need to be payed if the obtained biological materials meet the expected quality, e.g. strains are growing.

Payment Information

Payments must be made by
  • Credit Card: convenient payment for everyone through a secure online form; The link to the secure form will be provided on the invoice. Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted; incurs a 3.5% service fee (charged by the bank).
  • Purchase Order: checks in US $; not accepted if bureaucratic and time-consuming vendor/supplier information is needed.
  • Wire Transfer: for international customers; Northwestern bank information will be sent by request, may incur a bank fee.
Each DSC order needs to be billed to one dedictated person (payer) who handles payments for the group or laboratory. We need the following information from you at the TIME YOU ORDER:
  1. The lab/group name
  2. The NAME and EMAIL address of the Payer
  3. The payment method: Credit Card, Purchase Order, or Wire Transfer
We need this complete information to process any order. Soon this information will be automatically required when placing an order.

The Northwestern billing system is NU Core. The PAYER will receive several emails through the NU Core system:
  • An email informing that an account has been added with the option to login.
  • A notification to review the charges for the order (optional).
  • The invoice. The PDF file starts with NU-DSC followed by a series of numbers. A link to secure Credit Card payment is included on the invoice.


Although all DSC users are expected to pay for stocks, fees for use in academic research may be waived under certain circumstances. If stocks will be used for academic research or teachings and you do not have grant or institutional funds (including start-up) with which to pay the fees, a waiver may be granted. To be considered, submit your DSC request and add the comment that you are applying for a waiver. Then send a brief explanation of your situation to dictystocks. We still need to add payer information to NU Core, so please supply lab/group and payer name when you order, although the payment may be waived and will show as $0.00-. Instead of payment method please say waiver requested.

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