Working with the CMM

At the CMM collaboratory, we encourage active and continuing involvement from collaborating groups, and are highly supportive of researchers visiting and working with us on-site at the CMM.

Submitted applications are reviewed for suitability of the technology to the specific question, feasibility of the proposed project, potential impact on the field, and the level of support and engagement of the prospective collaborator. Proposals that meet these criteria but also have the potential to drive development of the technology will receive special consideration. High-risk projects or longer-term projects that meet these criteria are also encouraged.

New applications are reviewed by CMM staff regularly. Collaboratory staff will make contact with the applicants to discuss the proposed experiments in detail and provide written assessments of the proposals to an advisory panel that will make the final selection of projects. Applicants will also receive written feedback on the review and outcome from the collaboratory Advisory Panel.

Notification of proposal acceptance will include a tentative outline of the scope of the collaboration, roles and responsibilities, and milestones. Because the CMM has capacity to pursue only a limited number of projects at any one time, it is necessary for projects to be well-defined, with clear milestones and endpoints. Collaborators will be an integral part of the project team and should be available for frequent interaction at the CMM; temporary lab space is available at the CMM to facilitate this process. The NIH General Guidelines for Authorship will apply and can be adjusted if appropriate.


Application process

Project applications, both for cellular imaging and for cryo-EM projects, are reviewed by the relevant CMM teams on a rolling basis. To apply, submit an application form along with any accompanying images or data files via email to the Center for Molecular Microscopy main email box at

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Collaboratory Application: Cellular Imaging

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Collaboratory Application: Cryo-EM

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