Research Core Facilities

Research Core Facilities

The Research Core Facilities of INL are a centralised infrastructure that provides access to advanced equipment, techniques, and expertise. It operates as an open-access facility and offers researchers from academia and the industrial sector a portfolio of services ranging from design to fabrication and characterisation.

With cutting-edge scientific instrumentation and a technical team available to support your needs, we offer an open facility. Either with a guided self-service approach or a full service performed by our team, we can meet your design, fabrication, and characterisation needs as per your specifications.

These facilities are run by highly qualified scientists and engineers with a service-oriented mindset who provide support throughout the entire research and development value chain. 

Besides sporadic access, we also offer competitive packages designed for long-term users as well as reduced fees for entities from our Members States (Portugal and Spain).

The Research Core Facilities are certified according to ISO 9001:2015 standard, the ISO 13485:2016 in Medical Devices and the NP 4457:2007.

User Access

  • Requests will be assessed by the respective Facility Manager at INL who will provide a Statement of Work to be accepted by the Institution.

    After the conclusion of the request application and procedure, facility users will receive an email with personal credentials to access INL’s internal Laboratory Information Management System. This platform supports the management of all equipment, including training requests, bookings, logging and billing.

  • All users must request a license and complete training before being allowed to use any INL equipment.

    Training requirements for set for each instrument. To schedule training, the user must apply for the respective license under the tools menu on the instrument detail page (which can be found by selecting the instrument from the list). The tool instructor will immediately receive a notification and schedule the first training session with the user.

  • Once training is completed, the instructor will grant the license for that specific equipment. At this point, the user is eligible to use the instrument.

    For booking (mandatory) please follow the instructions for each instrument. After using the instrument, the user must fill out the log form.

  • All users will be billed according to the number of hours used in each piece of equipment, based on INL’s current table of prices (available upon request).

    If assistance is required, costs with personnel will also be charged. All users will be billed for the total number of hours booked unless the user cancels it more than one day in advance. The users will not be billed for a reservation if the equipment is down.

For free access, you can apply for the following European projects:

INL Cluster

European Nanoelectronics Access

INL Cluster

Nanoscience foundries & fine analysis



Nano Foundry and Fine Analysis – Europe | PILOT


Access to European Infrastructure for Nanoelectronics

CryoEM-PT Central Node

"Rede Nacional de Microscopia Eletrónica Avançada para as Ciências da Saúde e da Vida ? Implementação do Nó Central através da aquisição de um Crio-Microscópio Electrónico