There are four possible types of research proposal submission: Standard Proposal (S), Fast Track Access (FTA), Long Term Proposal (LTP) and Internal Proposals (I).
This is the standard procedure for access to LNLS Beamlines. Submission of proposals are performed twice each year, in March and September. Users request beamtime for a specific experiment on a specific Beamline. The proposal is evaluated by the external Proposal Review Committees.
If approved, the user performs the experiment and produce an experimental report. Results published using the data obtained in LNLS should acknowledge the use of the beamlines and provide a copy of the paper or thesis for administration of the LNLS.
Users of Brazil and Latin America can receive funding for the implementation of their experiments.
The Standard Submission process is described in detail below.
This procedure aims to improve access to LNLS beamlines for experiments that require little preparation and involve simple samples, simple security requirements and in standard configurations of the beamlines. The Fast Track Access is aimed at users who already have experience in the required technique and whose group, or main proponent, already had had a proposal submitted and accepted. This procedure can be used to supplement and / or complement experimental results for the completion of scientific publications or thesis work. It is important that the main proponent check the technical feasibility of the experiment with the beamline coordinator before submission.
Not every beamline offers beamtime through the Fast Track Access.
In the Fast Track Access, submission of proposals can be made at any time and the evaluation of the submitted proposal is made within 2 to 3 weeks after being received. Members of the Proposal Review Committees are called as ad hoc reviewers for a quick evaluation. Upon approval, beamtime is allocated within 3 to 10 weeks from submission (depending on the availability of the beamline). The administration of LNLS decides the beamtime allocated for experiments in this submission form in each beamline.
The experiments can also use the Weblab online service (not available in every beamline).
After performing their experiment, an experimental report should be produced. Results published using the data obtained in LNLS should acknowledge the use of the beamlines and provide a copy of the paper or thesis for administration of the LNLS.
In this modality, funding for the implementation of their experiments is not guaranteed.
This procedure aims to establish a long-term commitment between an user group and the LNLS to provide beam-time in one or more beamlines for a two-year period.
The main criterion is the scientific excellence of the project. However, some additional criteria have to be considered: a) commitment of the proposer group with contributions in terms of financial, technical and/or human resources; b) an identifiable benefit to the LNLS scientific and user programs and to the beamline(s) regarding new techniques, new instrumentations, and new possibilities of experiments for the beamline(s).
Participation of the other CNPEM open facilities (LNNano, LNBio, CTBE) is welcome.
Calls for proposals in this modality are made in a yearly basis. One of the prerequisites for building such a proposal is the thorough discussion with the beamline management.
The Review Committee for this modality will be formed by the LNLS scientific direction, which may ask for external reviews. Only one or two LTP will be allocated at any time for each beamline.
Upon approval, funding to be discussed and a contract to be formalized. Reports are due on a yearly basis.
This procedure is aimed at the submission of proposals by CNPEM staff only. For more information on this procedure, contact the User Support Service.