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We Share the Best Practices and Advocate for Crucial Research
at the Nation's User Research Facilities


In response to national security challenges of the first World Wars the United States made the strategic decision to invest in complex, large scale scientific facilities to ensure America’s leadership role in fundamental science. These include particle and nuclear physics accelerators, synchrotron light sources, neutron scattering facilities, supercomputers and high-speed computer networks, nanoscale science research centers, genome sequencing facilities, and advanced resources in imaging and analysis for biological and environmental systems. These assets are made available to scientists to nurture discoveries that support our national security and improve humanity.   

Over the last 70+ years this crucial network of “User Research Facilities” have become sources of fundamental discoveries that shape the path of science for the world. 

The Society for Science at User Research Facilities exists to connect these facilities to share best practices, provide trainings, advocate for streamlined communications, promote efficient data access and engage the scientific community.

Latest News From The SSURF Network

NSF has awarded the University of Rochester nearly $18 million over three years to design and prototype key technologies for the OMEGA Extended Performance Optical Parametric Amplifier Line (EP-OPAL).
The High Rigidity Spectrometer (HRS) instrument at FRIB will enable scientists to characterize the properties of isotopes that are created in rare-isotope reactions produced at about 50 percent of the speed of light.
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the U.S. Government’s National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), invites you to participate in the NNI’s first informatics conference and the 11th meeting of the U.S.-EU NanoEHS Communities of Research (CORs).
With up to a million X-ray flashes per second the LCLS-II transforms the ability of scientists to explore atomic-scale, ultrafast phenomena.
The Center for Functional Nanomaterials is a science laboratory specializing in nanoscale research. They provide Advanced Optical Spectroscopy & Microscopy, Materials Synthesis and Characterization, Theory & Computation, Nanofabrication and more.
Check information on new Foundry capabilities, Travel Opportunity Grants & Tips for a Successful Proposal. Submission deadline: Thursday, September 28, 2023
Attendees will help develop a white paper on opportunities and recommendations for nanotechnology infrastructure.
The Society for Science at User Research Facilities is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors. You can nominate a person or self-nominate. Deadline September 15, 2023.


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The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory 2021 Strategic Plan

User Facility Spotlights

Click to See Details of Their Profound Research
The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies is a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to state of the art expertise and instrumentation.
The Molecular Foundry is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to cutting-edge expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.
The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) s a Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), and is an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Stanford University.
The Spallation Neutron Source is an accelerator-based neutron source facility in the U.S. that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development.


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