Argonne National Laboratory

Call for Proposals

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.

Calls for user proposals

We issue three calls for user proposals each year. Proposals are 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.

What do successful user proposals look like?

Successful proposals align broadly with the research goals outlined by our scientific areas.

Scientifically high-impact proposals are sought within CNM's core research directions of quantum materials and phenomena including sensing, manipulating nanoscale interactions and nanoarchitectures for energy and information. Joint experimental-theory user proposals are especially encouraged. 

Prospective users are invited and strongly encouraged to contact CNM staff to discuss their proposal ideas. Begin making connections now. We also hope that you will take a minute to get better acquainted with our research groups and capabilities

Quick start guide

A step-by-step walkthrough of the proposal system is available online.

Access multiple user facilities at one location

Users at the CNM can also access Argonne’s four other user facilities, including the Advanced Photon Source and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, for multimodal and cross-functional projects.

Contact us

Queries can be directed to the CNM User Office.