Argonne National Laboratory

Becoming a User

Premier capabilities at Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) are accessible for your nanoscience and nanotechnology research. The CNM hosts about 600 researchers from around the world each year. Propoals are accepted through a  peer-reviewed process.

Three calls for proposals are issued each year. Proposals are solicited in the broad areas outlined by CNM scientific areas. CNM staff welcome discussions with you on the development of your proposal.

To become a user at the CNM, follow the steps below.

Step 1. User Registration

Complete an online registration to access the CNM, even if you have previously registered with an Argonne user facility. If you are a new user, you will be issued an ID/badge number that must be used for the proposal submission process; allow a few hours to acquire this number during times of heavy demand.

Step 2. Submit a User Proposal

View the Proposal Process in Brief and submit your proposal via the online proposal system. Each proposal submitted to CNM is subject to review by the Proposal Evaluation Board to evaluate its scientific merit; they are also subject to a technical feasibility review. You will be notified about the results of these reviews.

Step 3. Plan Your Trip to CNM

After your proposal is allocated, plan your trip and prepare to access CNM. An authorized official from every user institution must sign a User Agreement before user projects can begin.

Questions & Comments?

Contact the CNM User Office.