4th call for proposals summary
On 1 October 2019, the fourth SOLARIS synchrotron call for proposals was closed.
Scientists from Poland and abroad could apply for beam time at PEEM, XAS and UARPES end stations, as well as - for the first time in history - at the cryo-electron microscope. In total, the SOLARIS Center received 53 applications, including 24 for beamlines (UARPES - 9, XAS - 13, PEEM - 2) and 30 applications for Cryo-EM. The majority of them were submitted by scientists affiliated with Polish universities and research institutions.
As far as beamlines are concerned, authors assigned their applications to the following fields of science: physics (9), materials science (3), chemistry (3), engineering and technology and energy (one each). The cryo-electron microscope attracted researchers in biology (27 applications) and chemistry (3 applications).
The applications submitted to the SOLARIS Centre will be evaluated technically (whether experiments can be carried out using the available infrastructure). They will also undergo sample safety evaluation. The decisive factor will be, however, substantive assessment, including such criteria as the level of innovation in planned research, precise scientific hypotheses, clearly defined methodology, convincing grounds for using synchrotron radiation, applicants' scientific achievements. The substantive assessment will be carried out by the international commission.
Accepted experiments will be carried out between March and July 2020. The next deadline for submitting proposals is 1 April 2020.