The Center offers three types of payment methods. The first consultation is free of charge for affiliates of UC Irvine. The initial meeting is to define the type and scope of statistical work needed for your project and is limited to 1 hour. The client and the statistician will then agree upon the type, scope, and statistical plan of action.
The payment methods are as follows:
- Hourly Rate – $80
Payment for this method must use a UCI account and the billing must be performed through the UCI departmental recharge system. UCI affiliates not using a UCI account are considered “external” clients and are subject to the policies of the external rates.
- Grant Preparation Support Model
The goal for providing grant support at no cost is to cultivate a collaborative environment that will lead to successful grant applications. For grant applications that CSC staff help prepare and write, it is expected that the principal investigator will invite CSC statistical analysts to be included for a percentage of effort as appropriate.
- Subscription Model
Department or investigators that require some statistics support may “subscribe” to a portion of a CSC staff’s time. Those requesting this model must agree to fund a percentage of effort for at least 6 months. The minimum percent effort for use of this model is 20%.
There is only one payment method for Non-UCI clients (external clients), an hourly rate of $110.00 per hour.
After the initial consultation to determine the Scope of Work, a Sales and Service Agreement will be drafted for both (Client & CSC) parties to sign. 25% of the agreed upon amount will be charged before the work/support begins. The remaining 75% will be charged on an ongoing monthly schedule. If the project takes less than 10 hours to complete, payment in full will be requested before the project begins.
A billable hour refers to time worked on a project that will be charged to a client according to the contractual rate. The statistical consultant’s work often entails a mix of reviewing, the research for basic understanding of the science or technology, determining the appropriate methodology, programming the analysis, reviewing the analytical results and reporting results to the client. Rarely do statistical consultants merely “plug numbers into a computer”. For a helpful perspective on the role of a statistical collaboration, please read the short, non-technical article from The American Statistical Association’s AMSTATNEWS.