The Advanced Photon Source Has Paused Experiments: Major Upgrade in Process
The Advanced Photon Source is undergoing a comprehensive upgrade to replace its original electron storage ring; the new, state-of-the-art accelerator will increase the brightness of APS X-ray beams by up to 500 times
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SSURF Annual Meeting Videos Available On-Demand
The December 7 - 9, 2022 event sessions include DOE SC Director Dr. Asmeret Berhe, DEI protocols, user spotlights, communications, advocacy, research security, major facility projects and more!
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U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
OSTI.GOV makes discoverable over 70 years of research results from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies
"Fundamentally, excellence depends on diversity. Diversity of perspective. Diversity of ideas. Diversity of backgrounds and disciplines in every dimension...If we want to be the best in any given field, it's important that we tap into the potential of all the people who have the inclination and the aptitude to pursue these fields."
- Dr. Kim Budil, Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, testifying at the Feb. 28 Congressional hearing on Building a U.S. National Science and Technology Strategy.
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MagLab Researchers Develop Roadmap to New Quantum Materials
Collaboration between MagLab Research and Baylor University faculty reexamined a large family of lanthanide-containing materials with a specific structural prototype
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Join the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Large Facilities Office for the 2023 Research Infrastructure Project Management Webinar Series
Three 90-minute webinars focus on developing basic knowledge and skills on project management methods applied to planning and performance management of mid-scale RI projects consistent with NSF’s Research Infrastructure Guide (RIG).
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National Nanotechnology Initiative R&D User Facilities
Several Federal agencies operate nanotechnology research facilities that are available to outside users at the Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health & the Department of Health and Human Services.
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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

Advanced Photon Source has paused experiments as a major year-long upgrade is underway.
Energy Sciences Network’s ESnet6 project was finished two-plus years ahead of schedule and significantly under budget. In recognition of this unusual feat, the DOE presented ESnet with a special award.
By U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), Chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Space, Science, and Technology.
The 2023 Center for Nanomaterials Sciences Annual user Meeting is August 7 -11 in Knoxville, TN.  Registration Deadline is June 12.
June 6 virtual event: The Enrico Fermi Presidential Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology honors bestowed by the U.S. government.
Dr. Hewett comes to Brookhaven from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA, where she most recently served as associate lab director (ALD) for fundamental physics and chief research officer.
The hearing will examine the President’s budget request for the U.S. Department of Energy for Fiscal Year 2024 with Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.
Molecular Foundry Director Kristin Persson highlights data-driven materials innovation and design powered, in part, by the Materials Project, at the Spring 2023 Materials Research Society Meeting.


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

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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.