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NOTICE: Due to an overwhelming growth of our external user base and staffing shortages, we are pausing our external user program for NEW organizations.  We hope to have our facilities open again to new users in early 2023.

If you are an existing external user with an active agreement, an account in good standing, and you would like to add a new employee, please continue directly to step 3.1 as stated below.  


Lab Membership at SNSF is open to anyone from any academic, government, private or industrial organization for any type of research and development activity acceptable within Stanford University Academic Research Policies and Procedures. Commercial activities (ie production of devices for sale) are strictly prohibited; although broadly defined R&D, such as development of prototypes, are within the scope of acceptable activities. Compliance with policies that govern Stanford's operations of the service centers might result in limited access to the service centers.

What To Expect

Most of the research performed at SNSF is conducted by the labmembers themselves. Our general mode of operation is to train labmembers on the equipment and qualify them afterwards so that research can be performed by them without further assistance by SNSF staff. SNSF facilities and resources are generally available to authorized users 24/7.

Step-By-Step Instructions to Join SNSF

Please follow these instructions in order. We will not be able to process subsequent steps without having completed prior ones.

NOTE: New external organizations: Please see note above.  Please do not proceed to user account under 3.1.  You may join the waitlist here. We will then notify you once we are open again.

1 Agreement: We are currently not accepting new organizations
2 Financial Account: We are currently not accepting new organizations
3.1 User: Account Request
3.2 User: Online Safety Training
3.3 User: Lab Management Software Account
4.1 User: Instrument Training

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