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The Application Process: Quick Start Guide

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Getting started – “quick start guide”

1. Speak to the NanoFab Manager

This step provides you with an opportunity to go over the project goals and process flow to ensure that the NanoFab has the capabilities (equipment and processes) to complete the work, or can acquire or develop them in a timely fashion.

2. Submit a project application

We need to collect some information on the work you are planning to do in the NanoFab.  We do this both for internal record keeping and to ensure that the operations staff is prepared to meet your needs.  Submit a CNST NanoFab Project Application via email to the NanoFab User Office at cnstufc@nist.gov.  Applicants should only use the most recent version of the application form. 

3. Site Access

Customers planning work at the NanoFab who are not already holding a NIST issued site badge must complete a copy of the CNST NanoFab Campus Access Form and fax it to 301-975-2969. 

4. Fund your project

CNST requires that your initial payment authorization is sufficient to cover the estimated expenses for your project.  However, you will only be billed for the actual expense incurred.  We operate on a monthly billing cycle and will provide a report of your projects tool usage and costs at the close of each billing cycle. 

External users can use the NanoFab Payment form to authorize a payment via credit card or purchase order. Internal users should send an Interdivision Work Order to Jeff Pasternak, Adminstrative Officer, Div 620, Mail Stop 6200. 

5. Complete the necessary training

The NanoFab offers the new user orientation every week on Monday morning; if NIST is closed on a Monday, then orientation will be offered on Tuesday.  The basic class is required for all new users of the facility.  Please contact the NanoFab User Office to schedule your training.

6. Send us any outputs

User facilities are responsible for demonstrating quantitatively their service to the research community.  Hence, they require as a condition of service that users acknowledge the use of the facility and report the output of their work to the facility.  Users agree to include the acknowledgement “Research performed in part at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology” in all publications and, if acknowledgements are given, in presentations as well.  Please send the NanoFab User Office the full bibliographic reference for all publications, presentations, patents or patent applications, media citations, honors, and awards associated with your current NanoFab project(s) or past NanoFab projects, along with the relevant project number, with a final update at the end of the project year. 

Alternatively users can provide a list of sited outputs once yearly. 

7. Renew your project annually  


NanoFab projects are considered active for one year, and are valid only for the research outlined in the initial project application.  A NanoFab project cannot be a catchall for continuous, unspecified use.  If you need to extend the project beyond this date or if it becomes necessary to revise the research work plan you will be required complete an additional project application.


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