The different categories of CAF pricing apply as follows:
- Industry rates apply to private sector clients;
- External academic rates apply to clients from other academic institutions and South African science councils and government agencies;
- Internal academic rates apply to all legitimate research work funded from Stellenbosch University cost centers.
A great many research projects and research students at Stellenbosch University are supported each year by funding from industry. However, the pragmatic ruling that all work funded from Stellenbosch University cost point, by default, is classified as internal academic work, is potentially open to abuse. Where CAF staff feel that samples are being submitted on behalf of industry partners that do not constitute part of a legitimate research project, the matter will be taken up with the relevant HOD and industry rates may be applied.