Proposal Submission Process
The Brazilian National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LNNano) hosts Brazilian and foreign researchers who wish to use the Laboratory’s experimental stations to carry out their investigations.
For 2022, proposal submissions will be carried out exclusively through our new SAU Online system.
If the user does not have a record in this new system, it will be necessary to create one.
Exceptional service practices for CNPEM users during the pandemic:
During the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CNPEM has adopted exceptional care protocols to protect its researchers and users, seeking to reduce the dissemination of the coronavirus. These rules reinforce CNPEM’s commitment to serving the scientific community, always seeking to ensure the health of all users and its employees.
To access the campus access rules and guidelines for all CNPEM open facilities, click here
LNNano-specific user policy
At LNNano, the following facilities are open for remote experiments upon samples postage: Atomic force microscopy and synthesis (MFAS), Micro-Nano Fabrication (MNF), X-ray Microtomography (MicroCT), X-ray excited Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Electronic Microscopy, and Cryomicroscopy. Services offered by other facilities are still to be determined.
Calendar for submission and execution of proposals 2022
For 2022, proposal submissions will be carried out exclusively through our new SAU online system.
|Facility||Submissions period 2022||Execution Period 2022||Contact|
|Atomic Force Microscopy and Synthesis – (MFAS)||03/Jan/2022 to 31/Oct/2022||15/Jan/2022 to 15/Decemail@example.com|
|Device Manufacturing (MNF)||03/Jan/2022 to 02/Dec/2022||10/Jan/2022 to 09/Decfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Electron Microscopy (ME) SEM/TEM||23/Nov/2022 to 23/Dec/2022||Mar/2022 to Decemail@example.com|
|Cryomicroscopy (CRYO-EM)||23/Nov/2022 to 23/Dec/2022||Mar/2022 to Julyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)||03/Jan/2022 to 30/Sep/2022||01/Feb/2022 to 16/Decemail@example.com|
|X-ray Microtomography (MicroCT)||03/Jan/2022 to 30/Sep/2022||01/Feb/2022 to 16/Decfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Rules and Tips for the Submission of Proposals
The inclusion of students (masters, doctorate, etc.) in the proposals is encouraged. However, students cannot submit a proposal without a Senior Investigator as the Principal Investigator.
If the proposal is presented by a doctoral student, it must contain a senior researcher, preferably the student’s advisor as to the project’s main researcher.
Important: The proposal submission process is exclusively applicable to research aimed to remain in the public domain, conducted by Brazilian or foreign academic users, or by industrial users who do not seek the intellectual protection of their research.
Types of Proposal
There are two ways to submit research proposals:
– Standard Proposal – for all facilities;
– Fast-Track Proposal – for specific facilities.
This is the standard procedure for accessing LNNano facilities. The submission of proposals is carried out following the submission schedule of each facility. The user requests time for a specific experiment in a facility. The proposal is evaluated by one of the Internal or External Proposal Evaluation Committees.
If the proposal is approved, the user is given a limited amount of time to perform research.
This procedure aims to improve access to LNNano facilities for experiments that require little preparation and involve simple samples and safety requirements. The Fast–Track process is aimed at users who are experienced in the required technique and whose group, or principal investigator, has already had a proposal submitted and accepted. This procedure can be used to complete and/or complement experimental results for a scientific publications or thesis work. It is necessary for the principal investigator to verify the technical feasibility of carrying out the proposal with the facility coordinator before submission.
For guidelines on submitting fast track proposals for Electron Microscopy/Cryomicroscopy click on Rules_FastTrack
Not all LNNano facilities offer the option of submitting fast-track proposals.
The fast-track submission for Cryo-EM will be suspended from January to March 2022, due to a momentary operation with a reduced team.
Any questions, please contact us at email@example.com
How to Submit a Proposal
To start the proposal submission process, the user must register in the SAU Online system. To create an account on the portal, the user must click on the “create a new SAU Online account” and provide personal and professional information.
Important: This registration only needs to be done once. It can be done regardless of the proposal submission period and the information provided can be updated at any time.
Once registered in the SAU Online system, the user must click on the link “Submit a new proposal” and follow the indicated instructions, choosing the National Laboratory and the installation for submission. You will need to fill out a general form online.
After submission, the proposal will be automatically forwarded to the User Support Service (SAU).
Analysis of the Research Proposal
The research proposal analysis process is divided into different phases:
Phase 1: Internal evaluation of the proposal by the facility coordinator to judge the technical feasibility of the proposed experiment.
Phase 2: The facilities’ Internal Committees and External Proposal Evaluation Committees evaluate and rank the proposals according to the following criteria: scientific merit of the proposals and experience of the team, evaluation of previous proposals, and scientific publications based on results obtained previously at LNNano. The highest-rated proposals are recommended for receiving facility usage time.
Phase 3: Internal assessment by the safety committee, the proposal that presents a safety risk for execution will have to fill out a specific safety form and undergo an assessment by a safety committee that will make recommendations for carrying out the experiment.
Important: Given the importance of a scientific track record for the prioritization process, it is recommended that users check and update their publications both in the SAU Online system and in the CNPEM Library database. Updates to the library’s database must be made by sending the complete bibliographic information to the Library (firstname.lastname@example.org). The publications are included after being checked by the library staff and facilities’ coordinators.
Rules and Tips for Submission of Proposals
Important: The inclusion of master’s and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral fellows in the proposals is encouraged. However, students and fellows cannot submit proposals. The proposal must be submitted by the group’s principal investigator, which must be a senior researcher. If a doctoral student wants to submit a proposal, there must be a senior researcher (preferably the student’s supervisor) as the project’s principal researcher.
TIP: Before submitting a proposal, it is recommended that users consult the website for available facilities, courses, services and technologies, as well as specific recommendations for sample preparation, protocols and further research proposal submission guidelines. Consulting the facility coordinator for information is also highly recommended.