Proposal Guidelines

Only web-based proposal submissions will be accepted. Any other forms will be returned to the PI. (We cannot accept classified proposals.) As you prepare to submit your proposal, please refer to the Proposal Submission Guide document.

CINT is a national user facility for basic and applied research operated by the Department of Energy's Office of Science (SC). Access is available to researchers from academic and national research institutions and industry via the peer-review process. Proprietary use is also available, subject to DOE's full-cost recovery formula. Contact the CINT User Office for details.

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What Your Proposal Should Contain

CINT user proposals are evaluated by external reviewers based on six specific proposal elements.  Proposals lacking any of that information will be at a competitive disadvantage for access to CINT.  In order to ensure that your proposal contains all the expected information, we have provided the following template in Word.  We encourage prospective users to download the template, enter the text/figures, then upload a pdf version of your completed 2-page proposal.

All CINT User proposals are expected to explicitly contain the following six elements within the 2-page limit:

  1. What is(are) the main scientific question(s) being addressed in this user project including the connection to nanoscience?  (suggested length – 200 words)
  2. Briefly describe the state of research in this area and how your work is advancing the field. (suggested length – 150 words)
  3. What is(are) the expected impact(s) of this user project? (suggested length – 150 words)
  4. What specific work will be performed at the user’s institution in preparation for, or in support of, the proposed CINT work? (sample preparation, complementary characterization, calculations)
  5. What specific tasks will be performed by the user(s) in conjunction with CINT?  For each task, include task duration, expected task outcome, requested instrument(s) and CINT staff engagement.  (This should be the longest and most detailed section.)
  6. Key References

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Review Process

The Proposal Review Committee (PRC) will use criteria endorsed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics to evaluate user proposals. The principle criteria will be science quality, followed by relevance to CINT themes and programs. Proposals for proprietary use will follow a similar but separate process. PRC members will provide a spread in scores between highest and lowest rated proposals thereby providing the basis for CINT resource allocation. The CINT Management Team will balance PRC recommendations with available center resources to decide on awarding final user access.
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Proposal Approval

You will receive formal notification of the decision regarding your User Proposal.

Upon approval of your proposal, the CINT User Office will contact you to determine and schedule applicable training, assist with travel arrangements, initiate any required foreign national access approvals, and help with other needs you may have.

If you are not a US citizen (or are bringing a non-US citizen team member), please contact the CINT User Office as soon as you receive notice of the visit dates.

All safety and badging rules of the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories must be followed while on site. Appropriate safety training will be provided.

A DOE user agreement must be completed prior to beginning work on the proposal.

Brief reports of all nanoscience work performed at CINT must be submitted upon completion of the user project.

Reprints of publications resulting from work done at CINT must be sent to the CINT User Office at antonya@lanl.gov or to MS K771, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 USA. Publications should credit the facility as follows:

  • CINT Users (if none of the authors are a Los Alamos or Sandia employee), use this statement:
    This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science by Los Alamos National Laboratory (Contract DE-AC52-06NA25396) and Sandia National Laboratories (Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000).
  • CINT-SNL staff research (if any of the authors are affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories), use this statement:
    This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
  • CINT-LANLstaff research (if any of the authors are affiliated with Los Alamos National Laboratory), use this statement:
    This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Los Alamos National Laboratory, an affirmative action equal opportunity employer, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396.