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Advanced Imaging Center (AIC)

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Open Science / Advanced Imaging Center (AIC)
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Cutting-edge microscopy technologies developed at Janelia, available to the world, accessible at no cost.
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Advanced Imaging Center (AIC)
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Cutting-edge microscopy technologies developed at Janelia, available to the world, accessible at no cost.
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Visualizing and understanding complex biological processes demands the integrated efforts of biologists and physicists. The mission of the Advanced Imaging Center (AIC) is to make cutting-edge imaging technologies developed at Janelia widely accessible, and at no cost, to scientists before the instruments are commercially available.

Operating strategically at the interface of engineering and biological applications, the AIC is positioned to drastically reduce the time between instrument development and widespread use in the increasingly technology-intensive field of biology. The AIC will expand the number and diversity of biologists who have access to the unique, state-of-the-art optical imaging microscopes developed at Janelia years before they become commercially available. This unique imaging center is thus uniquely positioned to empower investigators with tools currently not widely available elsewhere.

In alignment with Janelia's philosophy of encouraging bold and risky science, the AIC welcomes proposals with high-risk-high-gain projects that may challenge the current paradigm. In fact, it serves as an ideal platform for researchers to test out their novel ideas with the emerging microscopy technologies, fully supported by Janelia's in-house imaging experts and research infrastructure.

Proposals

Proposals to use the AIC are evaluated through a two-tier peer review process. A Call-for-Proposals will be announced several times a year. The Janelia Visitor Program will cover the cost of lodging for the visiting scientist, experiments, technical support from our applications scientists, and scope time for researchers whose proposals are accepted.

Support

The AIC is generously sponsored by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia.