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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

Presentations will cover research trends, foundational breakthroughs with broad relevance, overviews of progress and new research, education, and innovation areas with a focus on nanobiology, nanobiomanufacturing, and nano-biomedicine.
SSURF joined the Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) as a co-signer to this statement to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy Arati Prabhakar.
SC23’s temporary network, known as SCinet, will achieve record speeds of up to 6.71 Terabits per second.
The Joint Genome Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is excited to announce the fifteen scientists selected for our 2023 Community Science Program Annual Call.
FOA will support work to address regional resilience needs and impacts on natural, socioeconomic, and/or built systems and their intersections.
Designed for full-time faculty members from institutions historically marginalized in STEM research, an opportunity to enhance research competitiveness and the innovative STEM learning.
The HPDF will be a $300-500 million first-of-its-kind computing and data infrastructure resource, providing unprecedented data management resources for research.
The Sept. 11 NNCO-organized Nanotechnology Infrastructure Leaders Summit included the leadership of 35 different user facilities, open research laboratories, and innovation institutes from across the United States.


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.


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