The Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) was incorporated in 2016 as a not-for-profit organization to provide a consolidated voice for those engaged in, supporting, and/or interested in research conducted by Users of America’s national user facilities. The two primary thrusts are (1) supporting professional communities and research networks by sharing best practices and facilitating professional development, and (2) promoting public awareness about the benefits and significance of user facility research.
An elected Board of Directors governs SSURF. In 2020, SSURF hired its first Executive Director, Dan Powers, in a part-time role to organize operational logistics. There are several volunteer committees helping with operations as well.
In February 2021 the Board approved an update to SSURF's bylaws with specific elements regarding membership categories, the responsibilities of the new Executive Director and the voting rights of members. A new website is in development (expected Q1 2021) to upgrade the communications by SSURF and enhance the sharing of news, events and best practices among its members and the general audience of User Facility stakeholders.