Applications for Rapid Access should be made using the EM rapid access template.
Please note that the standard allocation period for rapid access is currently 2 days, unless a strong case is made for more time. This default period will be reviewed as eBIC matures.
Rapid proposals are welcome at any time although applications are accumulated until a deadline is reached when they are peer reviewed and a schedule drawn up. Deadlines for rapid access applications are every 3 months from 1st April 2016. We would hope to announce the result of an application, and inform successful applicants of the schedule within ∼6 weeks of the deadline, so far heavy oversubscription and new processes have made this challenging. We expect this to improve as the facility builds up.
Applications should be made through the Diamond User Administration System (UAS). The BAG access route provides a mechanism for a group of users to generate a critical mass of projects to allow flexible, frequent and rapid access to eBIC over a 2 year period. Full details of the BAG system can be found here.
The first call for BAG proposals at eBIC was announced in April 2016 for beamtime commencing in October 2016. Four BAGs were funded in this round.
Once a BAG proposal commences, access for time through the rapid access route is no longer valid. The current call deadline of 1st October will provide BAG access to successful applications from the 1st April 2017.
PLEASE NOTE THIS MEANS THAT USERS APPLYING FOR MICROSCOPE TIME THAT ARE CURRENTLY NOT PART OF A BAG SHOULD MAKE PARALLEL APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE RAPID ROUTE FOR THE 1ST JAN 2017 RAPID DEADLINE PROPOSALS CALLS TO AVAIL OF MICROSCOPE TIME IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS. IF YOUR BAG PROPOSAL IS SUCCESSFUL IN THIS ROUND (1ST OCT 2016) YOU ARE STILL ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR RAPID PROPOSALS IN THE JAN 1ST 2017 DEADLINE
Once your BAG proposal commences all eBIC microscope time will be allocated to the BAG and requests for more or less time should be made through the BAG process and are can bemade bi-annually coinciding with proposal deadline dates.
We expect to allocate at least 200 days of microscope time to the peer reviewed user programme during Apr 2017 – Sept 2017 of which up to 50% may be allocated to BAGS. In this second call for BAG proposals we expect to be able to establish around the order of 4 new BAGs.
If you are considering a BAG application we would suggest you contact Diamond's Life Sciences Coordinator, Martin Walsh (email@example.com), ahead of the deadline since we anticipate heavy over-demand.
On the initial submission of a new proposal the user must supply the following details:
- People who will be attached to the proposal.
- A Principal Investigator (PI) who is responsible for the proposal and the efficient organisation of the time on the microscope.
- An Alternate Contact (AC) may be nominated by the PI to have permission to act on their behalf. Often this is the person who will be responsible for organising the visits to Diamond. Mulltiple ACs can be nominated.
- Details of the projects which are to be studied
- Sample information for these projects must also be specified on the proposal
- Amount of time required for the following 6 months.
Applications should be made via the UAS and user should request the eBIC - Cryo-Electron Microscopy for Life Sciences. If awarded time then the proposal will be scheduled on the appropriate microscope at Diamond or OPIC (Krios 1 or Polara).
If the BAG is awarded time then the user must provide the following information every 6 months:
- A report on the work which has been undertaken to date
- The time required for the following 6 months
Further projects and samples could also be included at this stage as well as additional people.
Important: Users awarded a BAG will not be awarded additional time through the rapid access route.
- BAG access will be gradually rolled out and is expected to become the most common access route for eBIC.
- BAGs consist of groups of users who apply jointly for time spread over a period of two years at a time.
- BAGs usually consist of a number of researchers from the same research institute or of researchers from smaller institutes in the same region of the UK.
- Once your BAG commences you can nolonger apply for microscope time through the rapid access route.
- If you wish to join a BAG or form a new BAG or have any further questions please contact Martin Walsh, Diamond's Life Sciences Coordinator.
All proposals are awarded time based on scientific excellence and are subject to standard Diamond terms and conditions, notably that the work must be published.
The proposal requires evidence of suitable cryo-EM samples, specifically an image recorded on a cryo-EM that shows enough to be convincing to a referee is required.
Travel and Subsistence
Travel and subsistence is covered for UK users (normally 1-2 people per visit). Accommodation is at the on-site guest house or nearby.