Accessing ANFF

Starting an ANFF-enabled project typically includes the following steps:

  • A conversation to find where is the best location in the network to carry out the work. Given the array of expertise available within ANFF, there may be capabilities that are better suited to a project within the network at a node that is not local.
  • A scoping discussion to establish what the aims of the project are, to plot a course, and discuss feasibility testing if necessary.
  • Once the project is established, cleanroom inductions or tool training can start if the user will be accessing equipment themselves, or quotes can be produced and provided for fee for service work.

These conversations can be instigated by contacting any of our locations, or the central ANFF HQ team who can point you in the right direction.

Access Pathways

There are two primary pathways in which work can be conducted within ANFF facilities – direct access, or fee for service. Both allow our clients to harness the incredible expertise of ANFF’s 100+ engineers, whether it’s for on-tool training or fabrication consultancy.

Depending on the timeframes, scope, and following steps for a project, it is worth considering both options to see which is most suitable.

Fee for service

Once a project scope has been established, ANFF engineers will perform the processing required by the user on their behalf as per a predetermined quote or agreement.

Direct access

Once a project scope has been established, users will be inducted into the relevant laboratory or cleanroom spaces, trained in micro or nanofabrication processes, and then allowed to access equipment directly to conduct their research. The knowledgeable engineers on the ANFF payroll will always be on hand to ensure that you have the expert support needed to get the most from your time at ANFF, and the option for assisted sessions (i.e. designated tool time with assistance from an ANFF expert) is available to users at most nodes.


Start things moving

If you’re trying to find something specific, interested in seeing whether we can help, or just looking for nanofab advice, get in touch with ANFF and we can put you on the right track.

Pricing and policies

Acknowledging ANFF

In order to monitor ANFF’s impact, it is essential that our users to acknowledge us in any publications that arise from work that was enabled by ANFF.

Please acknowledge ANFF in research papers using the following text:

“This work used the [NODE] node of the NCRIS-enabled Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF).”

Working within ANFF guidelines, each of the Nodes set their own pricing structures. These are collated in the ANFF Access and Pricing Policy, but further details and the latest information is available from the Node itself.

There are site-specific policies that dictate how matters such as training assessments, the introduction of new materials, and the handling of dangerous goods to ensure easy and safe access for all users.


Access and Pricing

Pricing guidelines of ANFF equipment and staff time are listed in the Access and Pricing document – further discussion with nodes will be needed to incorporate other costs of a project such as material costs. This document also includes some of the overarching terms and conditions of accessing ANFF.

It is worth discussing pricing options for large or ongoing projects as the nodes may also offer incentives or discounts.

Download the Access and Pricing Policy

House rules

ANFF’s various policies are what ensures easy open access to ANFF sites across the country, including the preservation of your IP. Talk to your local node about their policies for the specific details at each site.

Apply for travel assistance through ANN

The Australian Nanotechnology Network administrates a “ANFF Short Term Visits” grant, which is available to its members to enabling researchers to travel to ANFF facilities that are not local to them.


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