What type of RARAF user are you?
Why we need the distinction of Service versus Collaboration?
Columbia University’s Radiological Research Accelerator Facility
(RARAF) is a Biomedical Technology Resource Center, funded by
the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and BioEngineering,
and designed to serve the needs of a large broadly-based community
of users who wish to use microbeam irradiation capabilities. We
welcome outside users to our facility to make use of our unique
single-cell/single-particle microbeam irradiators and the associated
We are required by the guidelines of our grant from NIBIB to
distinguish between users that are Service Based and users that
are Collaboration Based.
What is the difference between Service and Collaboration?
There are two ways in which outside users can use the RARAF facilities:
through service-based experiments or through a collaborative interaction.
As described in more detail on their separate pages, Service is
generally characterized by a routine operation of our current
technologies, in which we provide support but not necessarily
significant intellectual input. By contrast, a Collaboration experiment
involves the development of new technologies for microbeam studies,
and typically involves close collaboration with RARAF staff. We
welcome both types of interactions.
To maintain high scientific standards, all experiment applications
are evaluated by RARAF staff and, in the case of collaborative
studies, by the RARAF External Advisory Committee. All prospective
users must abide by our collaboration and service policy.
RARAF holds to strict guidelines that differentiate collaboration
from service, and the distinction between the two must be made
during the application process for each experiment. Prospective
users can, and should, consult with RARAF staff when planning an
initial experiment application. Be sure to follow the guidelines
to differentiate between service and collaboration based projects
as they have different application forms
and approval processes.
While distinctly different in nature, both Service and Collaboration
users will interact strongly with the RARAF staff throughout the
lifetime of their experiments.