(revised February 1, 2014)
CMGI offers PIs a Rewards Program that awards free imaging time and cyclotron-produced radiotracers to frequent users of the facility. The primary goal of this program is to allow PIs to accrue free imaging time for development of new methods/protocols and for obtaining pilot data for new grant proposals.
Imaging Program – Each billed hour of PET, CT, MRI, and SPECT imaging receives one point; billed hours of optical imaging (Spectrum, Maestro, IVIS) and Specialty imaging (MicroXCT and Optical Cryomicrotome) receive 0.5 and 0.25 points, respectively, for each billed hour. When 30 points are accumulated one free credit is awarded, which can be used to pay for one hour of PET, CT, MRI or SPECT imaging, two hours of optical imaging, or four hours of Specialty imaging in a subsequent month(s). Thereafter, one free credit is earned for every five points. Members of the UC Davis Cancer Center working on projects that are cancer-related and who agree to the requirements listed below, and members of the CNPRC (Primate Center) who are imaging non-human primate models, will earn free credits at the accelerated rate of one credit for every four points.
CMGI-funded pilot studies do not accrue points for the Rewards program. The program is operated on a calendar year basis: the number of accumulated points resets to zero on January 1, but unused Reward credits are carried over to the next calendar year.
Radiochemistry – A single batch of cyclotron-produced 18F, an 18F-PET pharmaceutical, an 11C-PET pharmaceutical and a half-batch of cyclotron-produced 64Cu are all considered equivalent for the purpose of this policy and referred to below as a unit. The tenth unit purchased by a PI in a calendar year is free. Thereafter, every sixth unit is free. For members of the UC Davis Cancer Center working on projects that are cancer-related and who agree to the requirements listed below, and members of the CNPRC, the tenth unit is free, and thereafter, every fifth unit is free.
Cancer Center Member Requirements – To be eligible for the accelerated credit accrual rate, Cancer Center members working on cancer-related projects must agree to 1) provide a short written report of their work and explain its significance to cancer research upon request (generally at the time of Cancer Center reviews and grant renewals); 2) provide slides and other data for progress reports; 3) attend and present at Cancer Center meetings; and 4) acknowledge the Cancer Center base grant in any publications deriving from this work.