Call for submissions of interest in coronavirus research using LCLS

By pjones
April 22, 2020

Call for submissions of interest in coronavirus research using LCLS
Deadline: 11 May 2020

As part of the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences support of research into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) offers opportunities to study the structure and dynamics of biological molecules under near physiological conditions. More broadly, the X-ray instruments of the LCLS facility can be used to address biology, chemistry and materials science questions associated with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and related solutions.

The LCLS facility will provide priority expedited access to researchers working on these problems. Experiments are anticipated to commence in the summer, with exact timing dependent on the impact of necessary health and safety restrictions.

Please complete this brief form ( to indicate your interest in access to LCLS for Coronavirus/COVID-19 research. We would appreciate a response as soon as possible, and no later than 11 May 2020 in order for your interests to be factored into our beamtime planning. Upon receipt of your form we will contact you to discuss detailed requirements.

A formal call for proposals will be issued when the date for restarting LCLS operations has been decided. Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as they are received, and accepted proposals will be scheduled as early as feasible.

LCLS will make biolab space available for sample preparation and characterization, as needed. Full support for remote access to experiments will be arranged where feasible, for those researchers unable to travel to the facility. Coordination with experiments using SSRL and the SLAC/Stanford Cryo-EM facilities is welcome.

Please contact Mark Hunter ( for additional information and guidance.

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