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Evaluation of a proposal

The proposals are subject to:

  • technical evaluation – it defines whether the experiment may be performed using SOLARIS research infrastructure; it is done by the beamline manager;
  • (sample) safety evaluation – it defines whether a sample meets the safety criteria of the Jagiellonian University, it is done by the JU OSH Inspectorate;
  • substantive evaluation – it determines the scientific value of the experiment and determines the amount of beamtime to be allocated.

Please notice that only those applications will qualify for the substantive evaluation for which the outcome of the technical and safety evaluations have been positive.

Proposal substantive evaluation criteria:

  • level of innovation in planned research
  • precise scientific hypotheses
  • clearly defined methodology and anticipated research results
  • convincing grounds for using synchrotron radiation
  • applicants' scientific achievements
  • timely presentation of reports on the earlier measurements performed at SOLARIS.

The proposal can be evaluated as follows:

A* - Outstanding Proposal. The proposal is outstanding: well-written, involving innovative research into exciting science, the scientific case is compelling and the proposal is timely. A successful outcome would have a significant impact on the research field in question and will be done at the SOLARIS during the current proposal round.

A - Excellent Proposal. Excellent proposal which is complete, scientifically compelling and timely, and should be done at the SOLARIS during the current proposal round.

B - Good Proposal. A good proposal with a relevant scientific case which fully deserves beam time but is of lower priority in a competitive environment, or a potentially excellent proposal which is lacking some information, e.g. preliminary results, further explanations. In this case the Panel should specify the additional information required in the comment. Those proposals can be allocated according to beamtime availability based on the ranking list.

C - Sound Proposal. The proposal is based on a sound scientific case but is considered scientifically less compelling or less timely than competing proposals, or the need for SOLARIS is not obvious.

X - Rejected Proposal. The proposal is technically or scientifically flawed and cannot be done, or the scientific case is not worthy of synchrotron time, or the scientific case cannot be evaluated due to poor writing of the proposal.