BioCAT Newsletter, 2003 February 12

In this issue:

  1. BioCAT Competitive renewal submitted to NCRR
  2. Proposals and Requests for Beamtime due Feb. 21, 2003

The competitive renewal for the next five years of operation of the BioCAT facility was submitted February 1. I would like to thank everyone who contributed and to the many kind letters of support we received. I think we did a good job on the proposal and I am optimistic that the BioCAT facility will continue to thrive and prosper in the new grant period.


I would like to remind all of our users that we have completed our transition to the APS proposal submission and review system. All proposals and requests for beamtime at BioCAT need to be submitted via the APS mechanism. If you think you MIGHT want time in the second run of 2003 (June-August), you must request it by the deadline. If you submitted a "program proposal" for the last deadline and you wish beamtime, there is a new "Request for Beamtime" form on the APS web page. You should have received an e-mail from the APS giving details.

If you haven't yet submitted a proposal using the APS mechanism, you MUST DO SO BEFORE FEB. 21, if you want time in Run 2, 2003. There has been a large increase in demand for beamtime over the last 6 months. The beamtime is now fully booked by the beginning of each run. We plan to have a limited amount of "Rapid Access Time" reserved in the schedule, initially just for SAXS users. "Rapid Access" proposals may be submitted anytime, but are more risky than regular proposals since the time allotted to these proposals is limited.

BioCAT staff will be happy to help you with any aspect of proposal submission. Please contact us if you have any questions about the process.

Tom Irving

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