Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR) is the multiuser core unit for electron microscopy at McGill University and is under the aegis of the Office of the Vice-Principal-Research & International Relations (OVPRIR). The mission of FEMR is to promote and advance the science and practice of all microscopic imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of diverse materials. As a cross-department, cross-faculty, cross-discipline, and cross-institution core facility, FEMR is a key component in maintaining McGill at the leading edge of research, education, and training in life, materials, and physical sciences. The success of FEMR is a result of the combination of well-maintained and latest generation instruments and ancillary equipment that facilitate both state-of-the-art and routine research, incorporate a mix of permanent scientific and well-trained technical staff, and open and reasonable access (see also Timeline of FEMR).
FEMR supports and fosters the collaborative and multidisciplinary research activities of over 100 investigators and 250 users (mostly RAs, PDFs, graduate students) from more than 20 departments in 5 faculties at McGill and other academic and governmt institutions and hospitals (e.g. Research Institute-MUHC) as well as industry in the region.
The FEMR is generously supported by grants from Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), NanoQuebec-Quebec Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NQ-QNI), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Natural Science & Engineering Research Centres (NSERC) of Canada and McGill University.