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

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), PHY and DUE encourage proposals that involve collaboration between an experimental physicist(s) involved in research with the ATLAS or CMS detector and an educator(s) conducting research in STEM education. This partnership between the investigators should enable them to concurrently carry out research in experimental elementary particle physics (EPP) and advance educational practice and education research at the undergraduate (college/university) level within state-of-the-art research environments in physics.

Publications

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) Fact Sheet

Dept. of Energy Office of Science Fact Sheet

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory 2021 Strategic Plan

ALS Five-Year Strategic Plan, FY2022

Recent Updates - SSURF Members

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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.