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Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Integrated Nanotechnologies
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Call for Proposals

The spring 2018 call for user proposals is open March 1-31, 2018.


  • User Program Manager
  • Heather Brown
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The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) User Proposals

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a Department of Energy, Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. As a National user facility, CINT provides access to its staff and capabilities for nanoscale science research at no fee to approved users for non-proprietary research. Proprietary research may be conducted under a full-cost recovery agreement.

Who can be a CINT User

Individuals and teams from industry, academia, and government institutions are invited to submit proposals to conduct research at CINT. Foreign National users can work at CINT if their visit is planned with sufficient lead-time.

What is available

Call for Proposals

CINT offers world-leading capabilities to create, characterize, and understand nanoscale materials in increasing complex integrated environments.  This comprehensive suite of capabilities includes the technical expertise, instrumentation and software necessary to address important nanoscience integration problems and obtain high-impact research results. Prospective users should visit the capabilities page for a brief description of the Synthesis, Fabrication, Characterization and Theory/Simulation capabilities. To view a list of capabilities at CINT and all of the NSRCs, please visit the new NSRC portal.

How to apply

Access to one or more capabilities at the CINT Core and/or Gateway Facilities is obtained by submitting a CINT User Proposal.  This is a concise statement of research that you desire to perform at CINT.  Visit our step-by-step guide to preparing a CINT User Proposal.

Proposal Template – Proposal submission are required to use our proposal template.  Proposal submitted that do not follow the approved template will not be considered for review.  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.

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 word
  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

 Visit our step-by-step guide to preparing a CINT User Proposal.

Proposal Selection

Proposals will be internally screened for safety/feasibility and prioritized by an external review panel based upon scientific merit and suitability for CINT.  Approved proposals will have an 18-month duration. An executed user agreement between CINT and the user institution(s) must be in place prior to starting the approved project.  For no-fee access, the project results must be published in peer-reviewed technical publications in order to comply with Federal requirements.

Leveraged Capabilities

In addition to CINT capabilities, prospective users may also request access to a variety of world-class leveraged capabilities hosted at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.  These capabilities include selected ion beam assisted synthesis and characterization techniques, modeling and simulation tools using high performance computing  and joint proposals with the National High Field Magnet Laboratory.