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Proposal Process in Brief

The international scientific community can perform research at the CNM through a general user access program. Proposals are submitted through a online proposal system. Proposals are peer-reviewed, rated, and time is allocated on the basis of these reviews by appropriate allocation committees.

How to Submit a Proposal

  1. You must register online through the User Facility Registration System.
  2. Study the CNM Research Groups and identify the capabilities you plan to use.
  3. Consult the appropriate CNM Staff. They can help you understand the CNM’s capabilities and provide guidance in writing proposals.
  4. Review the Proposal Form Description and Guidelines (20kb pdf ).
  5. Download a proposal sample for demonstration purposes only (1.3Mb pdf ).
  6. Log on to the Online User Proposal System.
  7. Submit your proposal by filling out the various proposal sections online.

Proposal Periods

The proposal submission, review, and allocation cycle occurs three times a year (roughly in March, July, and October), in synch with the Advanced Photon Source (APS) run cycles.

View the current Call for Proposals.

After You Complete Your Research

Complete the U.S. Department of Energy mandated End-of-Experiment Survey.

If You Need Help

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