LCLS Call for Proposals for Coronavirus Research

By pjones
May 20, 2020

Call for Proposals - COVID-19
Linac Coherent Light Source - SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Deadline: 4:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) June 5, 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. In particular, the X-ray instruments of the LCLS facility can be used to address biology, chemistry and material science questions associated with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and associated solutions.
For full details of the call, please visit:

User Portal Screenshot
User Portal Screenshot

Once logged into the User Portal, choose the LCLS facility and select from the drop down menu ‘Submit LCLS Screening Proposals’ to submit a proposal for this call

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

Please submit your proposals for LCLS experiments for coronavirus/COVID-19 by June 5, 2020 here, using the short format that is normally used for Protein Crystal Screening proposals.

Accepted proposals received by June 5 will be integrated with high priority into the upcoming experimental Run. After the deadline of June 5, 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 and equipment available for sample storage, preparation, characterization, and jet testing 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 welcomed.

Please contact Mark Hunter ( for additional information and guidance.

For more general information about LCLS, please visit:

Many thanks,

Mike Dunne
Director, LCLS