UFA are specialized, standard agreements available to expedite user access to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Designated User Facilities. Many national laboratories have state-of-the-art facilities that are open to industrial and academic users for conducting research in diverse technology areas, including biology and medicine, chemistry and environmental sciences, physics and material science. It is possible to perform proprietary or non-proprietary research at the Designated User Facilities. There is typically only a charge for operating and consumables costs to users who are performing non-proprietary research and agree to publish their results. For proprietary research that is not intended for publication, access to facilities is available on a full cost recovery basis. The submission process for individual or collaborative research may differ at each laboratory; however, access generally begins with an invitation from an employee or through submission and approval of a peer-reviewed proposal. More complete descriptions and models of these agreements are found in the Class Waiver for Non-Proprietary Users and the Class Waiver for Proprietary Users.
|Description: Users may access facilities, specialized equipment, instrumentation, and personnel to conduct research.|
|Cost: User pays approved rate or each party covers its own cost|
|Footnote: All Designated User Facilities - https://science.energy.gov/user-facilities/user-facilities-at-a-glance/all-user-facilities/|
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