Normal Protocol Development Policy Resumes Oct. 1, 2020

September 23rd, 2020
September 23rd, 2020

We are glad that many groups start to come back and use the CNI services.  We are seeing that the transition from the MR 750 to the UHP is going smoothly, and there are only a few adjustments needed to get different people back scanning again.

We have noted that the calendar is starting to fill up with Protocol Development time, and as a result some groups are having difficulty getting scheduled for basic research time.  We all benefit by prioritizing scheduling access for users running funded scans because this keeps the CNI viable.

Consequently, we propose to return to our normal policy regarding advance booking of Protocol Development time beginning Oct. 1, 2020.  Effectively this means Protocol Development time can be scheduled for regular daytime hours (8am-6pm M-F) no more than 48 hours in advance. Protocol Development for off-peak hours may be booked up to 5 days in advance.  Please note that these restrictions are not enforced by the scheduling system, so please note the rules when you schedule your times.

Please remember that Protocol Development time may not be used for publishable research data.  It is intended for establishing and testing protocol settings and to ensure any stimulus presentation and scan synchronization are working. 

Even with the return to normal policy, we expect that there will be plenty of Protocol Development time for people who are restarting their research projects.

For your convenience, we note that the CNI scheduling policy is described in some detail on the CNI wiki page, here.

The CNI Team





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