Preparing a budget for a grant application: how much to include for Laboratory Animal Services

Researchers should include the full direct costs of for animal housing and husbandry in their grant applications and should assume a 4% annual increase.

Species Housing and husbandry Costs for inclusion in grant applications $/cage/week
  Service type 2014 2015 2016 2017
Mice Standard rate
(based on average 3 mice per cage, once weekly changing)
$12.60 $13.10 $13.63 $14.17
Premium rate
(e.g. LAS breeding colony, immunodeficient, quarantine, rederivation, infected, toxic, special preparation and /or waste care)
$16.75 $17.42 $18.12 $18.84
Multiple rate
(changing twice weekly or more, e.g. diabetic mice)
$25.20 $26.21 $27.26 $28.35
Rats Standard cage * $24.50 $25.48 $26.50 $27.56
Extra requirements ^ $36.70 $38.17 $39.69 $41.28
Other species Prices available on request.        

* based on an average of 3 rats per cage.
^ Animals holding more than 5 animals per cage &/or requiring more than 2 cage changes / week. Also to include quarantine, infected, toxic etc. eg; special waste care.

These costs have been calculated to include labour and materials and are similar to the full direct costs from Monash referenced in the NHMRC guidelines.

Extract from 2014 NHMRC funding guidelines:

Note: For studies that require the use of animals, it should be noted that GRPs are provided with the 'Monash Animal Research' costs to act as a guide to ensure consistency between applications and panels. While NHMRC acknowledges that different institutions have different costs involved, applicants are again encouraged to provide detailed justification of budgets requested. Details on the Monash Animal Research costs.

Shortfalls between research funding and the cost of laboratory animal housing and husbandry will continue to be supported by the faculties, through the University Economic Model, as in previous years.