Ordering Information

Ordering 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.-

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; 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 reqired 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
  • The invoice. The PDF file starts with NU-DSC followed by a series of numbers. A link to secure Credit Card payment is included in 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 a comment (see below) 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. Instead of payment method please say waiver requested.

Dicty Stock Center Distribution Policy

We also expect the recipient to provide a FedEx, UPS, DHL billing number, or a Credit Card number, to pay for the shipping. The Dicty Stock Center strives to ship strains, on an LBP plate, a GYP plate, or in HL5, within a week. We try to bundle orders into one shipment, however, since strains grow at different rates, to insure the best viability, we may ship large orders in multiple shipments as dictated by growth. Plasmids will be sent as bacterial transformants on an LB drug plate, or as DNA on a piece of filter paper. When strains are received they need to be stored in the lab following one of the procedures described. New users may also consult our DSC FAQ page.

Ordering Procedures for Strains or Plasmids:

Step 1:

To find the item(s) you want, go to the catalogs, or Search the Dicty Stock Center . You can search for strains (including bacterial strains) or plasmids with various search fields.

Step 2:

Following searching, click the Name (in blue color) and you will be directed to a new window containing detailed strain or plasmid information.

Step 3:

Click Add to Cart at the bottom of the page and the item will be included in the cart. Click the blue shopping cart symbol in the upper right to see what has been ordered so far. Once everything you need is in the shopping cart, click Check Out at the bottom of the page.

Step 4:

Fill in the shipping information. Please do not forget the billing number for the shipping charges and the payer information. Note, this payer may be different from the payer that regularily pays for stock charges!

Step 5:

You will receive a confirmation at the email address you provided.

If you need additional assistance, please e-mail the Dicty Stock Center.

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