Below is the process to follow for getting research approved. To make the process as efficient as possible, you are encouraged to first contact Kristi Moser-McIntire, 208-533-8133, to have a point-of-contact assigned. The POC will work to understand and ensure your needs are met.
To obtain access to CAES for reasons other than wanting to propose or plan a research project click here.
Note: The CAES Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS) is exempt to the standard work planning and control process presented below. Due to the repetitive nature of work performed in MaCS (i.e., sample preparation and characterization), overarching project plans and radiation work permits have already been implemented for sample preparation and imaging activities. MaCS services are described on the MaCS web page. The streamlined service request process for MaCS is accomplished using the MaCS Service Request form.
For a general overview of how research is conducted in CAES, visit the Propose New Research Project page.
CAES Radiological Operating Envelope
In accordance with the ISU Manual, Section 8, Laboratory Classifications, the ISU Radiation Safety Officer (CSO) and the Radiation Safety Committee, will approve CAES laboratories for radiological work or as radiological facilities. This Plan will be updated if and when the radiological classification for any CAES Laboratory changes.
Currently, the areas in CAES that have been approved for radiological work are designated as Radiological Controlled Areas. They are:
- Advanced Materials Laboratory (Room 116)
- Radiochemistry Laboratory (Room 208)
- Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory (209)
- Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS) (Room 117)
These are the only areas in CAES in which radiological materials and sources are allowed. Unless, written approval is provided, only the CAES Safety Officer or another representative of the TSO is allowed to move radiological material between these areas.
The quantities and types of radioactive materials that may be used at CAES may be obtained from the CAES Safety Officer or the ISU Radiation Safety Officer.
Radiation Information and Tools
CAES is authorized to conduct radiological work and store radiological materials under Idaho State University’s NRC Broad Scope license. Each radiological lab has an assigned trained Responsible User that holds a permit for possession of certain radiological materials.
Because CAES works under the ISU Broad Scope license, all ISU limits and controls apply and are reflected in CAES’ Radiation Safety Protocols (RSP).
All rad material is managed and tracked in an inventory database system by the Responsible Users, the CAES Safety Officer (CSO) and ISU’s Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).
To conduct radiological work in a CAES radiological laboratory, visit the Radiation Information an Tools page and follow the steps.
Quick Guide to CAES Chemical Requisitions
Requisitioning chemicals is part of the overall chemical management plan for CAES. For more information on ordering of chemicals, receiving chemicals from other organizations or disposing of chemicals, please review the CAES-031 Chemical Management Plan.
Training Access Management System (TAMS)
TAMS is a productivity tool that allows CAES residents and researchers to easily manage their CAES training and access to CAES and its laboratories. The required training is as follows:
• CAES Facility Training (all residents and lab workers)
• Core Lab Training (required for all labs except the Advanced Visualization Lab)
• Individual Lab Training (above and beyond the core lab training)
The training is designed to make researchers more productive and keep them safe. The information in TAMS is used as the basis for granting unescorted access (i.e. programming CAES access cards), so it is important you keep current on your required training.
TAMS also provides access to optional online training that may be assigned on a project basis or taken as a best practice.
Click here to access TAMS.
Access the Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS)
The CAES Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS) is exempt to the standard work planning and control process for CAES. Due to the repetitive nature of work performed in MaCS (i.e., sample preparation and characterization), overarching project plans and radiation work permits have already been implemented for sample preparation and imaging activities. MaCS services are described on the MaCS web page.
The streamlined service request process for MaCS is accomplished using the MaCS Service Request online form.