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UPDATE: CNF user fee rates and other news
January 11, 2016 

Dear CNF Users and PIs:

A number of points of business for your attention;

1.  User fees:  Effective Feb. 1, CNF will institute an increase in user fee rates, by 4% for academic users and by 2% for industrial users.  Cap thresholds will be increased by the same factors.  This increase is the first in two years, and the amounts are chosen to be approximately in line with increases in staff salaries.  Given the decreased funding that CNF is now receiving from the NSF under the new NNCI program, even with this increase in user fees we project about a $300k deficit for CNF in the coming year.  We hope to close that deficit primarily by increasing the use of the facility.  Which brings us to our second point.

2. Please help us to recruit more new users:  To maintain CNF’s user fees at an affordable level, we need a large, vibrant user community sharing costs.  Specifically, we will need to increase the size of our user community by 10-15% over the next year.  Please consider yourself deputized as a new-user recruiter.  Whenever you give a talk, please give credit to CNF and encourage people to talk to you about becoming a CNF user.  To make this super-easy, we have attached [here] a powerpoint slide that you may use or adapt.  Encourage prospective new users to contact CNF directly — our user program managers will be happy to answer questions and help new users develop processes to meet their fabrication goals.

3. Acknowledge CNF in your papers by our new grant number: NNCI-
1542081.  Please remember that one of the requirements for using CNF is that you should acknowledge the CNF in ALL of your publications that have made use of CNF tools or staff expertise — and please INCLUDE THE GRANT NUMBER when you do this.  Our NSF program managers are likely to give CNF credit only for publications that include the grant number, because this is how they will search.

4. Funding is available for CNF researchers to visit minority-serving institutions.  As a new diversity initiative within the NNCI program, CNF now has a budget to sponsor CNF researchers to visit minority-serving research institutions, to speak about projects accomplished (at least in part) at the CNF and help to recruit new users.  If you have plans to visit a minority-serving research institution, or if you are at a minority-serving institution and would like some free money to host a  speaker, please contact Lynn Rathbun (email).  First-come, first-served.  The budgeted funds will support 3-4 trips per year.

Dan Ralph and Don Tennant


Good news about CNF funding
September 16, 2015

Dear CNF Community,

It has been a long three years of recompetition, but we can announce now that CNF was successful in being selected as one of the sites in the new NSF National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) network, and the first installment of funding has just arrived. The new funding should run for 10 years -- initially for five years, with a non-competitive renewal process for an additional five years after that. New York State will also contribute generously with a matching-funds program.

CNF's new grant number is NNCI-1542081. Please begin referencing this in all of your CNF-related publications starting Sept. 15.

With the new funding, CNF will be able to continue serving the nation’s scientists and engineers with leading-edge tools and unmatched staff expertise. During the period of funding uncertainty, we had a correlated drop in our number of new users. With the funding now resolved, we would very much like to resume building our user base so that we can maintain user fees at a reasonable level. Therefore, please make it a priority to tell your colleagues (especially outside Cornell) about your experiences with CNF and encourage them to take advantage of our facilities and expertise. All the necessary details for new users are provide on the CNF web page under “Getting Started" -- and Mike Skvarla and Chris Alpha will be happy to talk one-on-one with prospective users about the technical details of what the CNF can offer.

 -Dan Ralph and Don Tennant


The Cornell NanoScale Facility is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the National Science Foundation for participation in the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, NNCI, the successor to the highly successful NNIN program.

Under this award, CNF will be able to continue offering open access to its advanced nanotechnology facilities with the high level of staff support to which users have become accustomed. This award provides $1.6 M/yr for five years, and we expect it to be supplemented by funds from New York State.  Cornell University will continue to provide additional support.

Details on the new network and its programs will become available during the next few months. In the meantime, CNF will continue to provide service to all users on an open basis.

NNCI, http://www.nnci.net/

NSF Press Release
Cornell Chronicle Article


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