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Accessing MPC

PLEASE SEND ALL REQUESTS FOR QUOTATION TO:  mpc@ameslab.gov

Work For Others

Access to materials/alloy servcies the MPC Facility is conducted thru the DOE "Work for Others" (WFO) channel. WFO projects are preformed under the direction of and fully funded by the requesting party, on a best effort and cost recovery basis.

Requesting and Estimate for WFO Project Costs

Requests for materials or services should be directed to the Director's office by phone, fax, or email.  Provide as much information as possible concerning your project requirements.  No formal proposal is required.  The MPC will provide a cost estimate outlining the scope of work to be provided and the anticipated outlay for said services.  The MPC is not a commercial vendor, we do not have a catalog or a price schedule.  All WFO work is performed on a best effort (see warranty and specifications below) and cost recovery basis.

Publication, Warranty & Specifications

(MPC Bibliography Page)

MPC operations are underwritten by the US DOE Basic Energy Sciences, acknowledgement of the use MPC facilities/services is expected in publications or research reports , as is the assistance of a specific MPC Technical Staff members if their work has made a significant contribution to your research.

Acknowledgement by bibliographic citation is preferred: "Materials Preparation Center, Ames Laboratory, US DOE Basic Energy Sciences, Ames, IA, USA : <www.mpc.ameslab.gov>."

Alternatively, reference in experimental or procedure sections: "... acquired from the Materials Preparation Center at Ames Laboratory, which supported by the US DOE Basic Energy Sciences." 

 We would appreciate receiving a copy of publications that cite said use.

 

No Warranty. All implied warranties are hereby disclaimed. Neither the Government, the Department, nor the Contractor make any warranty, express or implied a) that material will be delivered or services performed at a specified time, b) that material accepted for technical or analytical services will not be destroyed, damaged, lost, or otherwise altered in physical or chemical properties in the process of performing the requested technical or analytical service, c) with respect to the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information furnished hereunder, d) that the use of any such information may not infringe privately owned rights, e) that the services, material, or information furnished hereunder will not result in injury or damage when used for any purpose or are safe for any purpose including the intended purpose, and f) that the services, material or information furnished hereunder will accomplish the intended results.

 

All work is performed on a best-effort basis.Requests requiring, but not limited to fabrication, alloying or combining of elements, heat-treatment, or other mechanical or metallurgical process are conducted with no guarantee that specifications will be precisely satisfied. All work is performed on a best-effort basis. MPC provides research services not a product, said research services may not result in the originally intended end.

 

WFO Access Mechanisms

Domestic based companies, universities, and individuals may access services or acquire materials from the MPC under the following conditions.

  1.  To the best of your knowledge materials of this type and quality cannot be obtained from a commercial supplier, or;
  2. To the best of your knowledge services of this type and quality cannot be obtained from a commercial source, and;
  3. The materials will not be resold.  - If you intent to "add value" to the product or service this criteria has been met.

A checkoff box attesting to these provisions will be included in our techincal service form, provided with each quotation.

Companies, universities, and individuals based in the United States may access WFO services or materials from the MPC via a standard purchase order agreement.  All work is performed on a best effort basis.  Confidentiality agreements can be executed for work of a proprietary nature.

Domestic Non-profit Organizations or Small Business Enterprises -  If your company qualifies as a "Small Business Enterprise", as defined in 13 C.F.R., Part 121, or a "Nonprofit Organization", as defined in the Internal Revenue Code Sections 501 and 503, there is available a waiver of DOE overhead costs.

Foreign based companies, universities, and individuals may access services or acquire materials from the MPC under the following conditions.

  1. The subject of the WFO is not restricted by U.S. Export Control Laws.
    To the best of your knowledge materials of this type and quality cannot be obtained from a commercial supplier, or;
  2. To the best of your knowledge services of this type and quality cannot be obtained from a commercial source, and;
  3. The materials will not be resold.  - If you intent to "add value" to the product or service this criteria has been met. 
  4. Payment for the material accompanies your order. This is required for MPC to remain in compliance with our contractual agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy.

All work is performed on a best effort basis.  Confidentiality agreements can be executed for work of a proprietary nature.

Domestic WFO Requests

  1. Purchase Order (Net 30 days)
  2. FOB Destination
  3. Payment by Check
  4. Payment by Wire Transfer
  5. CREDIT CARD PAYMENT IS NOT AVAILABLE.

 

Foreign WFO Requests (Prepayment Required):

  1. Payment by Check - Checks are to be made payable to the Ames Laboratory.  If the check is drawn on a non-U.S. bank, please add 2% to the total costs for bank service charges.
  2. Payment by Wire Transfer - Since there are charges assessed by the banks for this type of transfer we require that any transfer costs be paid by you.  Costs assessed by your bank should be paid at the time of transfer and an additional $20.00 should be added to our quotation cost, this sum is a typical charge by our bank for a wire transfers of the amount of our quotation.
  3. CREDIT CARD PAYMENT IS NOT AVAILABLE.MPC's vendor information formdownload icon provides DUNS, CAGE, and accounting contact information for clients purchasing system.

 

PLEASE SEND ALL REQUESTS FOR QUOTATION TO:  mpc@ameslab.gov