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 (1st of January, April, July and October). 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 and access to eBIC moves primarily to the BAG access route.
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 and as of June 2017 there are now 10 approved eBIC BAGs.
Once a BAG proposal commences, access for time through the rapid access route is no longer valid. It should be noted that the BAG access route is being developed to be the main access route for eBIC. Consequently, rapid access will, as for beamlines at Diamond, be limited to a small fraction of time that is set aside for rapid/urgent access to eBIC.
The next call deadline of 1st October 2017 will provide BAG access to successful applications from the 1st April 2018.
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 OCT AND 1st JAN 2018 RAPID DEADLINE PROPOSALS CALLS TO AVAIL OF MICROSCOPE TIME UP TO APRIL 2018. THUS IF YOUR BAG PROPOSAL IS SUCCESSFUL IN THIS ROUND (1ST OCT 2017) YOU ARE STILL ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR RAPID PROPOSALS IN THE JAN 1ST 2018 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 can be made bi-annually coinciding with proposal deadline dates.
We expect to allocate at least 300 days of microscope time to the peer reviewed user programme during Oct 2017 – Apr 2018 of which up to 80% may be allocated to BAGS.
If you are considering a BAG application we would suggest you contact Diamond's Life Sciences Coordinator, Martin Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org), ahead of the deadline to discuss informally detailed requirements.
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 with one of the eBIC Krios microscopes or where required the Polara microscope at OPIC.
- 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 main 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.
PLEASE NOTE: the review process now requires clear evidence that high-resolution 2D Classes can be calculated from the CryoEM sample under investigation. Failure to provide these data will mean the proposal will be returned versus being peer-reviewed.
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.