Becoming an MRL Central Research Facilities User


The preferred mode of operation at MRL Central Research Facilities is self-use after completing the necessary training. In certain cases when advanced characterization is required or if the project is short-term, facility staff may perform the analysis/processing of samples for users. Researchers who are not from the University of Illinois are required to have a facility use agreement for self-use, or a technical testing agreement for sample analysis by staff, in place. Everyone is required to submit a proposal.


  • To add any new technique(s) to your existing project at MRL, select the 'Change of Scope' option (rather than the 'New' option) using the links above.
  • To work on more than one project, submit a 'New' proposal for the additional project(s). You will be issued another MRL uesr ID, and all permissions and safety information you have earned will be added to your new ID. Please note: if you add new technique(s) to your additional project, your new user ID will not be issued until your project has been reviewed by MRL staff. Please contact Chris Johns in the MRL administration office with any questions.
  • To change the account (CFOPA) that your existing MRL work will be billed to, please contact Chris Johns in the MRL administration office. 

The following step-by-step guide illustrates the procedure for University of Illinois users, however the steps to submit a proposal are similar for outside academic and non-academic users: How to Submit a Proposal

For fee structure information, please visit the Usage Rates page.

Resource page for the process of becoming an MRL user

Central Research Facilties Use Acknowledgement Requirement