Travel to PARADIM Facilities

User Facility Closure

PARADIM is a national user platform, with facilities in the middle of Cornell and Johns Hopkins University campuses. As part of the Cornell and Johns Hopkins communities, we are required to adhere to policies to support the health and well-being of our campus communities in the face of uncertainty about coronavirus/COVID-19.

Effective immediately (Saturday March 14th) PARADIM facilities will transition to reduced operation with limited staff to only maintain critical equipment. At this stage we are unable to host external visitors and must reduce our services to our PARADIM user community, including local and in-house users. Please reach out for further information at

Currently, we assume that the PARADIM Summer Schools and the PARADIM REU program will take place as scheduled. Further information will be provided via email to the selected participants in due time We are aware that the news evolve rapidly.

Please stay updated on issues and restrictions related to the coronavirus. The following list provides links to additional resources

Relevant resources:

Cornell's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

JHU’s COVID-19 information

The Center for Disease Control 

The CDC COVID-19 Prevention Website  

The National Science Foundation Response 

The World Health Organization


PARADIM has on-site user access facilities at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Users are encouraged to come to the PARADIM facilities to complete their experimental work. Travel policies and arrangements depend on the type of institution the user comes from.

Industrial and Government Users, Users from Major Research Universities

Travel expenses are the responsibility of the user. 


In conjunction with CNF, PARADIM users at Cornell have access to beds in a nearby apartment at a rate of $40.00 per night.  Reservations are required. Visit for more information. PARADIM users @ Cornell may also take advantage of a special rate at the Best Western University Inn at a rate of $90.00 (Sun.-Thurs.), $125.00 (Fri.-Sat.); Higher rates may apply during special university events. To make a reservation, contact the hotel (607-272-6100) and request the PARADIM rate.

Further information related to visiting Cornell can be found at

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Contact JHU staff for travel information to their facility. See JHU User Visitor Guide for more information.


Users from non-R1 US Academic Institutions

Financial travel assistance is available to users from smaller academic institutions. Eligible users will be notified during the proposal process.

paradim will reimburse as follows:

Economy Airfare: Lowest direct point to point scheduled airfare

Mileage: PARADIM will reimburse personal mileage at the current approved IRS rate

Lodging at Cornell: Graduate Students and Postdocs: PARADIM will pay for housing at the CNF/PARADIM apartment (single beds in double room in a three bedroom apartment near campus). Reservations required. Reservations must be requested at:  Faculty: Faculty may stay at the CNF/PARADIM apartment (above) or PARADIM will reimburse for lodging at the University Best Western Inn (see rate information above)

Lodging at Johns Hopkins: Options may vary by season. See JHU User Visitor Guide for more information.

Food: Food will generally be reimbursed by adjusted per diem. The current M&IE per diem rates can be found here: GSA Per Diem Rates; First and last travel day are reduced by 25%. Meals for one day trips are reimbursable via receipt ONLY.

Approval: Trips must be pre-approved by PARADIM. Users expecting travel reimbursement should contact and receive approval from the PARADIM office prior to making ANY travel arrangements or reservations.

Policy and Reimbursement: Reimbursements for travel to both Cornell and Johns Hopkins will be processed at Cornell via standard Cornell Travel Reimbursement procedure. Travel is governed by the applicable Cornell University Travel Policies. Contact Brenda Fisher for reimbursement instructions.

Summer Schools

Rules and procedures may vary. Contact Jim Overhiser for more information.