Complete and submit the account application. The CRF application form provides us with the information we need to manage your account. Please provide us with:
The Core Research Facilities Agreement is sent electronically, using Echosign ™, to the individual listed as the person authorize to sign contracts on behalf of your organization. (A cross copy is sent to the person who requested the account to be opened). The electronic signature program permits bi-lateral electronic signatures between the signatory officials at your organization and UMass Lowell. Linda Concino, Director of Grant and Contracts, is the signatory official at Mass Lowell. All parties receive an executed copy of the CRF Agreement for their records.
Upon bi-lateral execution of the CRF Agreement an account number and passphrase will be emailed to the account contact indicated on the application form. A user account is automatically generated for the account point of contact.
The account contact is responsible to inform all approved users of the Terms and Conditions of the Core Research Facility Agreement and agree to follow all University and Core Research Facilities guidelines and safety procedures. Non-compliant users will be suspended from using the CRF program and the account holder will be notified.
Account contact provides the organizations account number and passphrase to approved users. (This information is required in order to register as a user).
If you believe your organization has a CRF Account but are uncertain of the account contact, please call the CRF Business Office at 978-934-6421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Users complete the application form found at: https://crf.uml.edu/register_person.php
Users are required to create a password for their user login credentials. The password needs to be at least 8 characters. This password is encrypted and unreadable by anyone. Please email email@example.com to have your password reset.
External user rates are established using a full cost-recovery model in accordance with government guidelines. Industry rates are posted on the Core Research Facilities website. Industry partners, academic and government rates are viewable upon user login to the CRF reservation system. Core Research Facilities are subsidized by UMass Lowell. The UMass Lowell subsidy is applied in our cost model prior to determining the direct cost allocation in our billing rates.
Rates include lab supplies*, stock materials, short-time use of the general laboratory ancillary and auxiliary equipment and tools.
In accordance with federal guidelines CRF user rates are reviewed on an annual basis to coincide with the University’s fiscal year. Published rates will be reviewed and possibly adjusted July 1st of each fiscal year.
Note 1: Once users are certified, lab staff will provide minimal guidance (less than 10 minutes for each occurrence free of charge) for sample preparation, etc. Users requiring sample preparation must reserve “sample prep services” from the order menu.
Note 2: *(Rates for the Nanofabrication Laboratory include gowning for one person. Gowning for additional guests must be ordered as an additional line item on the ordering system). Users of the experimental bays are required to prepay any and all related equipment installation and removal cost.
All “self-use” instrument users must complete Level 1(UMass Lowell general training) and Level 2 (lab specific safety training) prior to lab entry. Level 1 safety training may be completed on-line at: http://www.uml.edu/eem/. Level 2 safety training is to be coordinated with the specific Lab Director/Manager. There is no charge for safety training.
*The Nanofabrication Laboratory offers Level 2 safety training the first Thursday of every month from 9-10 a.m.in ETIC. Please email Tom Ferraguto at firstname.lastname@example.org.