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MRFN Guest Research Program

The Materials Research Facilities Network (MRFN) is a nationwide partnership of the Shared Experimental Facilities supported by the National Science Foundation’s Material Research Science and Engineering Centers. The MRFN provides researchers from academia, government, and industry laboratories with broad access to instruments, techniques, and collaborators at its member institutions, thereby promoting the growth and international competitiveness of advanced materials research in the United States.

Facility Access for Guest Researchers

In partnership with the University of Tennessee Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development, the Center for Advanced Materials & Manufacturing (CAMM) at the University of Tennessee established the MRFN Guest Research Program. This program aims to promote and foster partnerships between CAMM researchers and faculty from regional undergraduate institutions who are actively engaged in research.

Awards will cover up to $5,000 for instrument usage and staff support at CAMM. Travel and lodging expenses are not included. Remote access can be arranged in select cases, but onsite engagement with CAMM faculty and staff is strongly encouraged. Demonstration of existing and/or complementary research support will be considered favorably.

Application Guidelines

Applicants should submit a one-page research proposal that clearly addresses the importance and technical feasibility of the proposed studies. A listing of the experimental and computational CAMM facilities can be found on our Facilities page. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with facility staff prior to submission of the proposal.

Applications must include:

  • One-page research proposal
  • Research budget, including existing support
  • A current CV

All documents must be submitted via the form below.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please contact Amber White at for assistance.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024*

*for the next user cycle beginning April 15, 2024

MRFN Guest Research Program Application

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