1. Contact CNS to initiate your project
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org briefly describing your project, what facilities, tools, or processes are required, and any questions you may have regarding use of CNS facilities.
2. Download Application Form (fillable PDF)
Complete the Application Form and write a proposal as requested at the bottom of the form (the proposal can be either a Word or PDF document). Please make sure to give your project a title.
3. Email completed Application Form and Proposal
Please e-mail the Application Form and proposal to email@example.com
4. CNS Project Review
A CNS technical staff member will review your proposal and determine whether CNS has the capabilities and facilities to perform the project. They may contact you with any questions or concerns about your project.
If you have already contacted a member of the CNS Technical Staff and discussed the basics of your project and they informed you that we have the capabilities required to carryout the project, then proceed directly to Step 6.
Please allow 24-48 hours for proposal review.
5. CNS Project Approval
Once CNS approves the project, you will be notified by e-mail. Proceed to step 6 upon approval.
6. Complete The Following Enrollment Forms
Download and complete the following enrollment forms:
Please note that the Billing Information Form and MOU require signatures other than those of the User. Also, a copy of the Purchase Order document is required (with the exception of MIT and Tufts). The Institutional signature on the MOU needs to be someone who has the authority to sign on behalf of your institution. Normally, Users, PIs, and administrative assistants do not have this authority.
7. Download and follow the instructions on the CNS Safety Form.
Please note that the steps required on this form include:
*A. Reading the CNS Safety Manual (PDF)
*B. Attending the LISE/CNS Safety Training (see info below)
* Please note that NNIN/C Computational ONLY users and Remote Use ONLY users who will NEVER be on-site do not need to complete this step. All other users must read the manual and attend the safety training.
Please note that the LISE/CNS Safety Training contains information that is specific to CNS labs and the LISE building. As such, this training is not interchangeable and cannot be substituted for any another safety training taken at Harvard or elsewhere.
Harvard Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) holds the LISE/CNS Safety Training usually on Tuesday mornings in either LISE 311 or 303.
This training is often also held on the first Friday of the month in the morning in either LISE 311 or 303.
Please see the CNS Training Sign-up Page for exact dates/times/locations as sometimes the times and/or room need to be changed.
Pre-registration for this training is not strictly required but is recommended in order to guarantee a seat. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis to room capacity. To pre-register for this training, please go to the CNS Training Sign-up Page.
LISE 311 Is located at the following address:
11 Oxford Street
Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE)
Cambridge, MA 02138
If you will require parking, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and CNS will send you instructions on how to set up an online guest parking account at Harvard as well as directions to the local Harvard garages.
8. Completion of Enrollment Process
Once completed and signed, the enrollment packet should be returned to the CNS Administrative Office in one of the following ways: faxed to 617-384-7302, hand delivered to LISE 306, or sent by U.S. Mail to:
Center for Nanoscale Systems
11 Oxford Street, LISE 306
Cambridge, MA 02138
Upon CNS review, CNS will send an e-mail to the user within 24-48 hours to confirm that enrollment is complete. The email will contain other important information regarding the CNS/NNIN User Program.
9. Initiate Tool/Facility Training
At this point, you will be considered enrolled as a CNS/NNIN User. Please note that there are other steps that must be completed in order to become qualified in order to use various CNS facilities and tools. Within the User Info section of the CNS website are specific instructions for each of the 4 major facility areas of CNS.
Please read the General User Information and Policy area of the User Indo Section of the CNS website, as it contains additional important information for CNS/NNIN Users.