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NIST User Facilities 

The vSANS instrument
It takes a big instrument to see tiny things. Custom designed and built at NIST, the very small angle neutron scattering (vSANS) instrument is a new addition at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). At the NCNR, industry researchers harness the capabilities of neutrons to study and improve products from jet fuel to shampoo.
Credit: Fran Webber/NIST

NIST user facilities support innovation in emerging technology areas by providing U.S. scientists with access to world-class neutron measurement capabilities and state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities.

The customer-focused missions of the NIST user facilities offer safe and reliable operations for the development and application of new measurement and nanofabrication techniques.

Budget Request

NIST requests a total of $44.3 million to provide unique measurement and research capabilities to U.S. scientists. The FY 2019 request is a net decrease of $14.0 million from FY 2018 levels. The proposed reductions, which include $1.2 million in grants, reduce support and defer upgrades for both user facilities.

FY 2018 Annualized CR: $58.4 M

  • Lab Programs: $56.9 M
  • Corporate Services: $1.5 M
  • SCO/SPO: $0 M

FY 2019 Request: $44.3 million (-24.0%)

  • Lab Programs: $43.4 M
  • Corporate Services: $1.0 M
  • SCO/SPO: $0 M

Two bar graphs showing the numbers outlined in the FY19 budget request vs. FY18 annualized CR

Illustrative program reductions in FY 2019

  • -$4.0 million in instrument development and user support at the NIST Center for Neutron Research
  • -$5.0 million for equipment and NanoFab user support

Program Highlights

The NIST user facilities provide researchers from across the country with access to state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation to meet user needs in neutron scattering, nanofabrication and related areas. 

Created February 9, 2018, Updated December 21, 2018