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

WHAT IS A USER RESEARCH FACILITY?

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

Since 1972, the Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer (BLIP) has supplied the nation with critical isotopes for use in medicine, research, and other applications
“Power!! Unlimited Power!” Mechanical engineering and Laboratory for Laser Energetics alumna Alison Christopherson ’20 (Ph.D.) quoted the Emperor Palatine...
Cutting-edge technologies with tech-transfer potential - including better forensic sampling methods & lower-cost methane-leak detection - were among eight presentations made by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists as part of the 2022 DisrupTECH event.
The event will feature keynote talks from internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Ian Foster
The directors of Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs joined Sen. Ben Ray Luján to talk about the CHIPS and Science Act,
Gilberto Fabbris, a physicist with the Advanced Photon Source, is the recipient of the 2022 Alvin Van Valkenburg Award for his work in the area of condensed matter physics at high pressure.
ORNL Fellow and CNMS researcher Bobby Sumpter has been named fellow of two scientific professional societies: the Institute of Physics and the International Association of Advanced Materials
The 12 research projects involve scientists at 32 U.S. institutions including 12 universities, 7 national laboratories, and 14 companies

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NSF Major Multi-User Facilities

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) Fact Sheet

Dept. of Energy Office of Science Fact Sheet

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.