HOW TO BECOME A USER

NPC User Agreement      CNSI User Agreement      Instrument Reservations 

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1. Create Core Lab Management System (CLMS) account
NPC uses the Core Lab Management System (CLMS) , a centralized reservation system, to manage reservations for all the instruments. Create a CLMS account here to have access to the system. The CLMS account is subject to approval from CNSI and NPC. Normally, it takes a few days to process a new account request.

2. Complete the NPC Application and User Agreement form
Complete and sign the NPC Membership User Agreement. This form must be filled out, signed by the user and PI, and uploaded to your CLMS account prior to the training session. Users and the respective PI are responsible for maintaining all safety training records required by UCLA Environmental Health & Safety. There is an additional CNSI Core Labs User Agreement that needs to be filled out as well. This document covers all Core Labs at CNSI and needs only to be filled out once.

3. Obtain training
Training is required in order to use NPC equipment. Thereafter, users are permitted to use the facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact the NPC Lab at nanopicolab@cnsi.ucla.edu to set an appointment for training. Training is not available without a completed NPC Application form. Introductory training sessions typically take place from 2-4 on Tuesdays (STM) and Thursdays (AFM) for a maximum of four trainees per group. Advanced applications training can then be scheduled at a later date.

4. General Policies
Users are permitted to use the NPC facility after creating a CLMS account, presenting a signed NPC User Agreement and completing training. Using instruments without a reservation on CLMS is not permitted. Users must comply with general CNSI and internal NPC policies and be aware of related charges. All users have equal access to the facility on a first come, first serve basis during normal working hours via CLMS.
 
For grant reporting and application purposes, all publications reporting data generated from the NPC instruments should contain the following statement at the end of the acknowledgement section of the publications:
 
"The authors acknowledge the use of instruments at the Nano and Pico Characterization Lab at the California NanoSystems Institute."

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