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Operations During COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

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General

  1. How do I obtain Building/Lab Access?
    • Please contact the Lab manager, he/she will coordinate with the building manager to grant you access to building and lab, which include after-hour and weekend access.
  2. Whom should I contact for Lab training?
    • Training on equipment or facilities is performed through our staff. You will find detailed instructions for each on the respective equipment website. Make sure that you follow all instructions in order.
  3. I am already an authorized user at the Soft & Hybrid Materials Facility (SMF). Can I access other tools under SNC and/or SNL? 
    • Yes, you may get trained and use any of the tools and resource listed under the SNSF umbrella organization.

    External Users

    1. Initiation
      1. How long does the process take to set up an SNSF account?
        • The whole process to establish an SNSF account typically takes 15 business days when documents are submitted in a timely fashion.
      2. What are the fees to use the SNSF facilities?
        • The fees can be found on our rates sheet. In addition to the hourly rates and/or daily charge for our instruments, there is an associated indirect cost (IDC).
      3. If I join SNSF, will I get access to SNF?
        • No, SNSF and SNF share similar processes and lab management systems but are still run as independent organizations.  Please follow respective procedures at both facilities to gain access.
    2. Financial
      1. What is the minimum retainer fee required to join SNSF?
      2. What address does the blanket PO have to be addressed to?
        • Please refer to the instructions here.
      3. My Company/Institution has an existing account.  Can I add another user to the account?
        • Yes.  If the account is in good standing, a new user can be added to the account.  The new user should start directly at step at 3.1 User: Account Request.
          • Note: We require approval by the account owner.  The account owner is indicated at the top of the tracking sheet.  Please have the account owner  email nano-admin-external@lists.stanford.edu to request adding the user to the account.
      4. Where can I find my account and user details?
        • Account and user details can be found on the tracking sheet which will be shared with you after the agreement is signed.
      5. Can you help explain my invoice?
        • The following shows an example invoice:
          • External Invoice
          • Explanation:
            • Line 1-3: Service Center Charges.  The Description usually specifies the instrument (Rheometer, TGA, etc.) as well as the user who incurred the charges.  The charges are for equipment activity, training activity, administrative services, etc. 
            • Line 4-6: Indirect Charges (57.4% for this example).  Note that each line of Service Center Charges has a corresponding indirect charge (Line 1/6, Line 2/5, Line 3/4).
            • Date: The date listed is the first date of the month during which activity was billed.  If a labmember has multiple activities on an instrument, the invoice will list the sum of all charges.  Labmembers have the ability to run their own reports using the Lab Management software.
    3. User
      1. My Company/Institution has an existing account.  Can I add another user to the account?
        • Yes.  If the account is in good standing, a new user can be added to the account.  The new user should start directly at step at 3.1 User: Account Request.
          • Note: We require approval by the account owner.  The account owner is indicated at the top of the tracking sheet.  Please have the account owner  email nano-admin-external@lists.stanford.edu to request adding the user to the account.
      2. What is a SUNet ID and why do I need to create one?
        • SUNet ID is a unique 3-8 character account name that identifies you as a member of the Stanford community.
        • The SUNet ID is needed to access the mandatory online safety training.
        • Please note that our SUNet ID sponsorship only grants you access to the Stanford network resources and does NOT support any email service. Therefore yourSUNetID@stanford.edu is not a valid email address.
      3. I was just sponsored for my SUNet ID; why doesn’t it work?
        • After creating your SUNetID, it may take up to 24 hours for the SUNet ID login credentials to propagate through the relevant Stanford system to become active.
      4. I had a SUNet ID before.  Can I reuse it?
        • Yes, we will re-sponsor the previous SUNet ID when we process the user account.
      5. I had an SNSF Badger account before.  Can I reuse it?
        • No, we will create a new account for the new external organization.  However, we will transfer prior tool qualifications from the previous SNSF Badger account to the new account.  Please email nano-admin-external@lists.stanford.edu if your qualifications did not transfer correctly.  Please note that some lab managers automatically remove qualifications and might require a short refresher training before qualifying again on the tool.
      6. I have an SNSF Badger account: can I use my SNSF Badger account at SNF?
        • No, you will need to open a separate SNF Badger account in addition to your existing SNSF Badger account.
      7. Can I use my building access card to gain access to the SNSF labs as an SNSF external user?
        • Yes, but building and lab access is granted on the card electronically through the technical lab managers in charge of the tools/lab spaces. Please refer to their policies for gaining and requesting access.
      8. Can I use my building access card I received from SNF to access SNSF?
        • Yes, you can use the same building access card you received from SNF. Just give your SNSF lab manager the number located on the front of the card so that they can place the appropriate equipment and building access onto your card. In addition, email nano-admin-external@lists.stanford.edu your building access card number so that the records can be updated with your account information.
      9. Can I unsubscribe from the NanoUser mailing list while being an SNSF user?
        • All SNSF users are required to be a part of the NanoUser mailing list. The mailing list is used to communicate to our users regarding policy updates, equipment information, etc. If you want to unsubscribe, we will confirm with you that you do want your SNSF user account closed.
      10. Parking and Transportation: Where can I park?
        • We encourage all external users to use public transportation, including free shuttle services that Stanford University offers.  Alternatively, please refer to Stanford Transportation for more information on transportation and parking options.
      11. Parking and Transportation: Can I purchase a parking permit?
        • SNSF does not issue parking permits.  Visitor parking can be purchased using a mobile app (refer to Stanford Transportation). 
        • For frequent visits to campus we offer our external users the option to request sponsorship for access to affiliate parking permits.  For details and to submit your request, refer to SNSF Parking Request Form
      12. Parking and Transportation: How is my SUNetID able to help with parking?
        • SNSF does not sponsor external users for a VISITOR parking account with Stanford Transportation.  If a SNSF Parking Request Form is submitted, we will sponsor the labmember's SUNetID instead.  Labmembers with an active SUNetID will be able to purchase parking permits as an AFFILIATE using their account connected to the SUNetID.