Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Utility Navigation Skip to Top Navigation
Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Integrated Nanotechnologies
Helping you understand, create, and characterize nanomaterials

User Agreements

Important issues such as intellectual property and liability are addressed in the User Agreement.


  • User Program Manager
  • Heather Brown
  • Email
User agreements stipulate the terms and conditions under which non-employees may conduct work at CINT both at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

The U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences requires that a User Agreement be executed for every accepted project at its National User Facilities, such as CINT.  These agreements stipulate the terms and conditions under which non-employees may conduct work at CINT (Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories).  

To expedite this process, the DOE/SC/BES has created standard agreements for use at all of its National User Facilities.  These are available in 5-year umbrella versions that, once executed by all parties, apply to the current and all future CINT user proposals submitted from the signatory institutions within that 5-year period.  The Agreement must be signed by a person from the user’s institution who is legally authorized to enter into contractual obligations for the user’s institution.  Note: The user himself/herself is generally NOT authorized to make these contractual obligations. If users from multiple institutions are participating in one user project, User Agreements are required from each institution before work can begin at CINT.

Any change in the terms and conditions requested by the user institution must be approved by CINT management, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the DOE Office of Science.  This can be a lengthy process (6 months or more).  The duration of a CINT user project is 18 months; it will not be extended due to delays in negotiating changes to the User Agreement.

Nonproprietary Research

Non-proprietary research is conducted under the DOE Office of Science NSRC User Agreements. These fall into four different categories:

If CINT accepts a user proposal from an institution not having an umbrella user agreement in place, CINT will enter the appropriate information into the UNPUA or FUNPUA  and send it to the User to be authorized by his/her institution.  If an umbrella agreement is already in place, any user proposal submitted from that institution and accepted by CINT is automatically included in that umbrella agreement.

Proprietary Research

Proprietary research at CINT may be conducted under our Proprietary User Agreement for Private Industry (pdf) or other DOE/NNSA agreements, including but not limited to a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), and Work for Others Agreementt. For more information, please contact either CINT User Program Coordinator or the Co-Director.