User Program

The Molecular Foundry user program gives researchers access to expertise and equipment for cutting-edge nanoscience in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. The program is open to scientists from academia, industry, and research institutes worldwide. These users join a vibrant research community that brings together Molecular Foundry staff scientists, technical support staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, and collaborating guest scientists. Access is obtained through a brief, peer-reviewed proposal with no charge for users who intend to publish their results. Access is available on a cost-recovery basis for research that is not intended for publication.

There are two calls for standard proposals each year, with deadlines of March 31 and September 30. Under special circumstances, users may also request rapid access to the Foundry, or may propose instrument-only or sample-only projects. These non-standard proposals are accepted and evaluated continuously throughout the year, outside of the standard proposal call and review periods. Proposals are submitted electronically and accepted proposals are valid for one year.

To learn more about the user program and how to apply, see the user guide and the user program policies and definitions. For questions about the user program or the proposal process, contact the Foundry's User Program Office:, 1-510-486-7493.