Costs for Investigators

Access Fees

In addition to the significant infrastructure costs associated with recruitment and maintenance of the Washington State Twin Registry, requests for data by investigators and institutions can require considerable time and effort from Registry staff. For these reasons, the Registry charges fees to all investigators who wish to use Registry data or samples in their research. Without these fees, the resources necessary to enable investigators to work with Registry members would not be available. When research funding begins for an approved project, fees will be charged as services are provided (e.g., provision of data; screening and subsequent enrollment of twins by a Study Coordinator at the Registry). The schedule of access fees presented here is based on established Washington State University cost-accounting practices, and is subject to quarterly review.

NameDescriptionUnit BaseWSU RateNon-WSU Rate
Survey DataCost for using data for specific twin pairs currently archived by the repository. This is also the rate for new analyses (i.e. new Specific Aims) on an existing sample. Dataset$999$1,085
GeocodingCost for accessing and analyzing geocoding data for specific twin pairs currently archived by the repository. Dataset$4,299$4,673
Stored DNA samplesCost for using DNA archived by the Washington State Twin Registry repositoryPair sample$40$43
Names & AddressesCost charged to investigators to send study invitations to twin pairs for an in-person twin study. This rate is charged after a study coordinator sends a batch of letters to a potential group of twins. Mailing batch$2,144$2,331

Study-Specific Costs

Investigators who are unable to issue a subcontract to the Washington State Twin Registry have the option of being billed by the Registry for all study-specific costs incurred. This option is intended solely to provide a more convenient method for non-Washington State University investigators to pay for study-specific costs. No revenue will be generated from this method and all study-specific costs will be billed to the investigator “at cost.”

NameDescriptionUnit BaseWSU RateNon-WSU Rate
Research Study AssistantUnder general supervision, the Research Study Assistant performs varied support functions requiring knowledge and skills specific to the research study. Hourly$31$33
Research Study CoordinatorUnder general supervision, the Research Study Coordinator coordinates the operations of research studies that involve human subjects and require knowledge and skills specific to the study. Hourly$34$37
Professional Research Coordinator The Professional Research Coordinator develops research designs, strategies for recruitment and data management, and data collection methods; reports data; and manages budgets. This position may also supervise research staff. Hourly$46$50
BiostatisticianA study-specific Biostatistician collaborates with or offers consultation to the investigator.
Hourly$66$72
Post-doctoral Behavioral Genetics Analyst A study-specific post-doctoral-level Behavioral Genetics Analyst collaborates with or offers consultation to the investigator. Hourly$31$33
Faculty-level Behavioral Genetics Analyst A study-specific faculty-level Behavioral Genetics Analyst collaborates with or offers consultation to the investigator. Hourly$150$163
Faculty Co-Investigator A study-specific faculty member collaborates with or offers consultation to the investigator regarding study design, objectives, monitoring progress, and supervision of study-specific support staff. Hourly$93$101
Study-specific costsTo purchase study-specific supplies needed to implement research studies conducted by the Twin Registry ItemizedAt costAt cost