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Center for Nanoscale Materials

Become a CNM User

The Center for Nanoscale Materials’ (CNM) User Program is designed to give you FREE access to state-of-the-art equipment and expertise. The CNM offers some of the world’s best capabilities in X-ray and electron microscopy, nanofabrication, spectroscopy, synthetic biology and materials theory and computational modeling.

There is no cost to use the CNM if you intend to publish your results. You can also access CNM facilities on a cost-recovery basis for proprietary research that is not intended for the public domain.

How to become a CNM user in 3 easy steps

Step 1: Complete your registration

Gather the information you’ll need and SUBMIT IMMEDIATELY. It may take two business days to process your registration — this must be complete before you can move on to Step 2.

Registration instructions are available online

NOTE: Please keep your registration information updated if you relocate to a different home institution or have any changes in your contact information or visa status.

SHORTCUT: If you’re a current CNM user with an active registration, continue straight to Step 3.

Step 2: Prepare your user proposal

We issue three calls for user proposals each year due in March, July and October. We award CNM research projects to users in a competitive peer-reviewed proposal process. Approved projects will be granted access to CNM facilities for a maximum of one year.

Step 3: Submit your user proposal

Log in to the CNM Proposal Submission Portal using your User Facility user name and password, generated through the registration system, and click on the New Proposal” link.

Enter information in all required fields. You can save partial information in this form to complete or modify it later.

You will receive a confirmation email that your user proposal has been submitted.

You will receive notification on whether your user proposal has been accepted within seven to eight weeks after the call for proposals closes.

Renewing and revising existing proposals

CNM user proposals expire after one year or after specific allocation(s) of time, whichever comes first. A new proposal submission is required to request additional time on a given project.

If the scope of your work changes during your one-year proposal period, contact your Scientific Contact immediately. That individual will make an assessment whether a revision to the existing User Work Approval (UWA) document is needed.  

What to do once your user proposal has been accepted