New External (US) Academic Users

Overview

  • Contact LNF staff to discuss your research project and processing needs. Write a 1 page description of your research project and a 1 page description of your process steps.
  • Complete LNF access form and new user training.
  • Complete an interview with LNF staff once all steps above are complete and start processing

Fee structure for external academic users.

Detailed Steps

    The steps listed below can be completed in any order. If you are working with a more experienced user, they can (and should) help you with completing these steps and in particular the descriptions of the process that you intend to do in the LNF (step 2). If, for any reason, you are not able to complete any of the steps in a timely fashion or have questions about them, please let us know. . If you have a specific timeline for starting to work in the LNF, please let us know.
    The LNF has not yet resumed intake of new onsite lab users, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but many of the steps below can be completed online so that you can start more efficiently when the LNF reopens to all users. If your needs are time-sensitive, please provide details to LNF staff when submitting your materials/em>

  1. Contact LNF staff to discuss your research project and processing needs.
  2. Write a 1 page description of your research project and a 1 page description of your process steps. This information is needed to determine whether the LNF has the capabilities that you need and to ensure that materials that you will be using are compatible with other research being conducted in the LNF. Please send these two documents to info@LNF.umich.edu
  3. Attend info session on LNF access [click here to sign up] if you are available. This session provides information about LNF access, training policies, and the LNF Online Services system.
  4. Complete LNF access form Page 1 and the top box of page 2 have to be completed. Your mentor should be a currently active, experienced LNF user who is familiar with your process. Please see here for an overview of the mentor’s responsibility. If you do not have a mentor available, a staff member will be assigned to your project. The form should be signed by your advisor or supervisor. See here for the fee structures. Please scan/email the completed form to LNF-access@umich.edu, fax to 734-647-1781 or drop off at 1239 EECS or 1246D EECS.
  5. Complete the following new user training modules:
  6. Read and sign the LNF User Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Discuss with your advisor/PI as needed before signing the document.
  7. View “Experimenting with Danger” video.
  8. Schedule an interview with LNF staff [lnf-access@umich.edu] once all steps above are complete. If you have attended one of the LNF info sessions, this meeting will only last about 30 minutes. Otherwise, it will take about 1 hour. Your mentor should also attend this meeting. We will review your safety training records, process and training needs and you will be issued your LNF access card and username/password for the LNF Online Services.

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