Berkeley NanoLab Affiliate (BNLA) MembershipNew Member Form 

Researchers from the private sector, national labs (including Sandia and Lawrence Livermore), and non-academic organizations are eligible for Affiliate membership. Annual capacity fee is required, with lab fees additional for each individual. Capacity and Lab fees are invoiced monthly. Note that for Affiliates, an overhead fee is added to all member charges except the annual capacity fee. Please direct membership eligibility questions to Sharon Norris.

How to Become a BNLA Member


STEP 1:  Attend Orientation Course

Once membership is approved, the company employee(s) that will work in the lab registers to attend the mandatory NanoLab Orientation Course. The course is offered once each month (see link for schedule); there is no charge to attend.  To register, send an e-mail with your name, company name or other non-academic affiliation description, the name of your company’s technical supervisor, and your contact phone number to You may also call the NanoLab front office at (510) 809-8600 (520 Sutardja Dai Hall).


STEP 2:  Establish Contract Agreement and Provide Proof of Insurance

Industry researchers not currently affiliated with UC Berkeley must abide by the guidelines set with the Contract agreement. Note that the template agreement is an already approved university contract which enables expedited access to the NanoLab. Requests for revision to the contract require review by University General Counsel and will result in extended delay of your ability to access the lab.

The UC Regents requires Liability Insurance coverage for all users of the lab. Insurance guidelines and a sample insurance certificate are available here.


STEP 3:  New Member Form and Training Compliance

When you are ready to activate your NanoLab account, the company employee(s) that will work in the lab complete and sign New Member Form. The form must include billing information (purchase-order number), the contact information and signature of your company’s authorized administrator. NanoLab Financial Analyst Steven Scott is the point of contact for all purchase orders.

The company employee(s) that will work in the lab must also complete the UC Berkeley’s EHS 101 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety online training. Submit both the member form and proof of completion of the EHS 101 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety to the NanoLab Front Office (520 SDH) or email to  


STEP 4:  Take the NanoLab Safety Test

Once we receive your completed member form and proof of EHS 101 training compliance, your account will be created in NanoLab's database. Within 24-hours each new member receives an email inviting them to take NanoLab Safety Test. This test must be taken at the computer station located in the NanoLab Front Office (520 Sutardja Dai Hall). Testing is available between 8:00-11:00AM and 1:00-4:00PM, Monday through Friday. 


STEP 5:  Begin Your Membership

Your lab membership begins once you pass the NanoLab Safety Test. You will receive a card-key to access the Sutardja Dai Hall building and the Nanofabrication Laboratory 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  Billing is on a 30-day cycle and begins on the 25th of each month.


STEP 6:  Become Certified on Lab Equipment

You must become qualified on each piece of equipment you use.  Affiliate and academic lab members support each other by providing other lab members with training and testing in their areas of expertise. To become certified on a piece of lab equipment, you must pass any required written test as well as an oral testing conducted by a superuser of that equipment. Manuals and procedures are available online for study.


Affiliate Member Capacity Fee (AMCF)

Effective June 25, 2019

Employees per Member Company

Annual AMCF

FY 2020

1 employee


2 employees


3 employees


4 employees


5 employees


6 employees


BSAC, CITRIS Foundry member and LBL Cyclotron Road companies receive a $6,500 discount for the first employee.

UC overhead charge does not apply to annual AMCF.


Affiliate Lab Recharge Rates

Effective June 25, 2019

Lab Use and Equipment Use Fees

FY 2020

Lab Access Fee/Month


General Lab Rate Use/Hour

General Lab Rate Max/Month



Tier 1 Special Equipment Rate Use/Hour


Tier 2 Special Equipment Rate Use/Hour


Tier 3 DUV and E-beam Nanolithography,
High Performance SEM/Hour




Staff Services/Hour


UC Overhead Fee: 59% Charged on all usage fees, but not on the annual capacity fee.