The open facilities of the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) serves Brazilian and foreign researchers who wish to use the experimental stations of the Laboratory to carry out their investigations.
Calls for the submission of Standard Research Proposals are announced twice a year, one for each semester, depending on the beamline or area of research, and made through the SAU Online system. Before submitting a proposal, It is recommended that users check for the available beamlines, services, and technologies, as well as for specific recommendations for the sample preparation, protocols, and other detailed specifications about the research proposal submission process. Other types of proposal submission are also available and can be checked below under “Proposal Types”.
Beamlines: Find the available beamlines.
Support Facilities: Find the available support facilities. It is possible to submit a proposal for using the support facilities, or they may be indicated in the beamline submission if necessary.
Once the proposal is scheduled, the Local Contact is the reference person at LNLS designated to interact with Users throughout the preparation and execution of the experiments. The interaction between Users and Local Contact may be of two kinds:
Calls for the submission of Standard Research Proposals are announced twice a year, one for each semester, depending on the beamline or area of research, and made through the SAU Online system. Other types of proposal submission are also available and can be checked below under “Proposal Types”.
Check out Calls for Proposals currently available below:
Calls for proposal submission are announced through this website and mailing list of registered users in the SAU Online system. Users and researchers can also recieve our communications by entering their e-mail in the form below. Announcements include the opening of proposal submissions and registration for events.
There are four possible types of research proposal submission: Standard Research Proposal (STD), Fast Track Access (FTA), Long Term Proposal (LTP) and Industry Rapid Access (IRA).
This is the standard procedure to get access to the LNLS beamlines and support labs. The users ask for beamtime for a specific experiment on a given beamline. The proposals follow the normal review process and the beamtime may be split into more than one round. After each experimental round, the Users’ team provides an experimental report and other feedback.
Published results must acknowledge the beamline/facility, National Laboratory and CNPEM. A copy of each paper or thesis should be transmitted to LNLS management and a copy of each paper or thesis should be transmitted to LNLS management and CNPEM’s library.
Users from Brazil and Latin America receive grants to perform the experiments.
This type of proposals intends to improve the access to LNLS beamlines for experiments that demand little preparation and involve simple sample and safety concerns on standard beamline setups. It is intended for users that have already experience on the required technique. The team – or main proposer – must have already submitted and get approved proposals at the LNLS beamlines. It can be used to complete and/or complement experimental results to conclude scientific publications and/or thesis works.
The LNLS management will decide the amount of beamtime allocated to FTA for each beamline:
This submission type aims at establishing a long-term commitment by LNLS to provide beamtime in one or more beamlines for a two-year period. The main criterion is the scientific excellence of the project. However, some additional criteria must be considered:
Like the FTA application, IRA is designed to improve the access to LNLS beamlines for experiments that demand little preparation and involve simple sample and safety concerns on standard beamline setups. Industrial users must have already some experiences on the required technique. Funding is not provided, and costs should be discussed depending on the need for assistance of a LNLS specialist during the experiments and on data handling.
LNLS management will decide the amount of beamtime allocated to IRA for each beamline:
To start the proposal subissions process, the user must be registered in the SAU Online portal (link). To create a new account in the portal, the user must click on “Create a new SAU Online Account”. In their first access, the user must provide personal and professional information. The registration is only required on the first access and it can be done independently of the proposed submission period. The information provided can be updated at any time.
Once registered in the SAU Online portal, the user must click on “Submit a new Proposal” and follow the instructions to fill the Research Proposal form.
All proposals are required to be written in English.
The Research Proposal Form is the main document describing the proposal, its objectives and experiments. Instructions for filling out the Research Proposal Form are presented below
The Sample and Safety Form is the document describing your samples and safety concerns. Filled out online in the SAU online portal.