LNBio currently operates eight open labs or facilities to serve users from the academy and industry. The facilities provide the scientific and industrial community with state-of-the-art infrastructure and tools that allow the execution of high-complexity experiments and multi-disciplinary research in many areas of Life Science, including structural biology, proteomics, metabolomics, drug discovery, bioimaging, among others. The open labs also support technological discoveries, thus adding quality and competitiveness to the science that is produced in Brazil.
Each facility is coordinated and operated by a team of skilled researchers and trained technicians that not only take care of and update the infrastructure, but also help users to collect and analyze the data.
In order to use the facilities, academic users should submit a research proposal through the CNPEM user portal. For facilities under commissioning, including the Bioassay, Bioimaging and Genome Modification labs, the users must contact the facility coordinator before submitting a proposal. Additional information regarding proposal submission, application forms and sample preparation protocols are available on the web pages of each facility.
Users of the industrial sector can also make use of the LNBio open facilities by establishing a private agreement with CNPEM. Industrial users must contact the facility coordinators for a primary consultancy to verify the availability of equipment time and technical feasibility of the proposal. If the proposal can be fulfilled, a scientific partnership or service contract is signed.
The running costs of the facilities, for the academic community, are paid with resources from the management contract between CNPEM and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC). The facilities also operate many multi-user-equipment that were acquired with financial support from state and federal funding agencies including FAPESP and FINEP.
Acknowledging the facilities
Acknowledgements in publications is an important metric that we, government and funding agencies use to measure the productivity of our facilities. Therefore, users are requested to appropriately acknowledge the LNBio’s facilities, or the use of specific instruments in publications, posters and talks. In addition, when data are collected or analyzed with the help of our facility staff members, users should consider acknowledging the facility staff.
Example of how to acknowledge LNBio:
“We acknowledge the (facility name) of the Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory (LNBio), CNPEM, Campinas, Brazil, for the support in (technique name).”
Users are also requested to inform us when such studies that benefited from our facilities are published. This can be done by sending an email message to the facilities’ coordinator with the details of the publications, as soon as they have been published.