The IMNI Core Research Facilities are organized as self-use laboratories. Although our technical staff is available to support authorized users, our staff is also available to perform the instrument operations for a researcher. We have found the self-use facility will provide the user with an opportunity to develop the critical skills to perform advanced research.
Our Core Facility Technical staff will provide each new user with practical training, which will include the facility standard operating practice, safety training requirements and instrument operation. Each of our instruments require different protocol, so the first step to becoming an "AUTHORIZED USER" is to complete a User Agreement Form for the Facility you wish to use and to submit the completed application to IMNI.
User Agreement Form
Once submitted, your User Agreement Form will be reviewed by the IMNI Core Facility Administration. The Brown University Environmental Heath and Safety Office (EHS) is responsible for ensuring the campus community is compliant and up-to-date on required training. Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Waste Training is required for anyone working in a research lab. This is also the case for all IMNI Core Reseacrch Facilties. You may also be asked to complete additional web-based training courses and certification forms, as a requirement to use certain IMNI instruments. If additional training is required, you will be contacted by an IMNI Administrative staff member.
Following administrative review of your form, you will be contacted by an IMNI Core Faciity Technical staff member to discuss your research needs and arrange a meeting to provide the practical training and instrument operation. Once you are authorized as a user on a specific instrument, you will be provided with a USER LOG-ON ACCOUNT, access to the RESERVATION CALENDAR and CARD ACCESS to the DOOR where the instument is located, for those who have a Brown University ID card. External Authorized Users can access the instruments during the business day.
The application process is dependent on indivdual user needs and IMNI Core Faciilty staff availability. Please be sure to submit your application in sufficient time complete the process. Exisiting users can request to add an instrument at anytime by contacting the Core Facility's technical staff member. Please feel free to contact IMNI's Assistant Director, Sue Prendergast, to clarify the IMNI Core Research Faciilties operations.
Rates & Fee Structure
An IMNI core research facility user is determined to be either an "Internal" or and "External" user, based on their ability to automate their user fee payment with the Internal Brown financial system. If a user can provide a Default ORG BAT ID Account within the Brown University Workday system, then they are considered an Internal user.