How to request access to labs

The open labs infrastructure can be accessed by three different ways: submission of research proposals, contracted technological services or cooperation agreements. The entire process of submitting research proposals, negotiating conceptual proposals for technological services and initial steps for technical-scientific cooperation agreements is carried out by this web-based platform.


Ways to acess the facilities

Research proposals

You can access the multiple users facilities for  free  if you intend to publish your results. Check-out how to submit your research proposal.

Contracted services

You can also access the multiple users facilities on a cost-recovery basis for proprietary research that is not intended for the public domain. Request your technologycal service.

Cooperation agreements

Another way to acess the CTI’s laboratory facilities is stablishing a long-term cooperation agreenment. This document covers liability, intellectual property, and financial matters.

Sharing contract

CTI also grants permission or shares open laboratories, with corresponding financial consideration, through a contract for the development of R,D&I activities and actions aiming at technological innovation.


Safety rules for accessing laboratories

The CTI open labs provides safety for both the researchers and the specialized equipment. In order to prevent from seriously injuring researchers, users must obey the safety rules and proceed with caution. In order to not contaminate the equipment being used, there are certain gowning procedures in the cleanrooms that must be followed. The following list of general rules briefly summarizes the current operational practice at open labs.  All users must read, understand and obey these rules in order to maintain their access privileges.

Safety videos and training

Helpful links and resources to familiarize yourself with lab safety practices:

  • Safe Chemical Handling / Lab Safety Video
  • Clean-room procedures

    General Information

    Cleanroom Laboratories: Safety Manual

    Cleanroom Laboratories: Operating Procedures


    Open laboratories are learning environments with a multidisciplinary team and open access infrastructure to assist students, researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and startups to collaboratively develop innovative products, processes, businesses and generate scientific knowledge. Source: MCTIC (adapted)
    Users will have at their disposal machines, equipment and software to develop their research, products or processes. Users are trained to use the equipment and, with exceptions, will be able to operate it. The open laboratories provide a healthy environment for the exchange of ideas, experiences and enable the formation of partnerships and collaborative networks. Source: MCTIC (adapted) . Go to Information and find more details about how to use CTI’s open labs.
    The spaces are intended for: researchers, students, companies, startups and inventors who want to develop their projects, whether for scientific dissemination or to put them on the market. Access is franchised through financial or non-financial consideration in accordance with CTI's innovation policy and internal regulations. Source: MCTIC (adapted) . Go to Information and find more details about how to use CTI’s open labs.