LSF Calls for Access
Applications are now invited for access to the CLF in the Research Complex at Harwell (Lasers for Science Facility) and EPSRC Laser Loan Pool during Period II of 2013 (October 2013 to March 2014).
Note that there have been some changes to the procedures and eligibility criteria, particularly for Programme Mode applications. These are summarised below; please read this section carefully, as well as the full instructions for applicants before submitting a proposal.
For further information please contact Dr Selene Roberts (FAP Secretary: email@example.com, +44 (0)1235 567144), or Dr David Clarke (LSF Head: firstname.lastname@example.org, +44(0)1235 567035)).
For this call applications are invited for the following modes of access:
Octopus and Ultra (including optical trapping) - Direct Access, New Programme and Approved Programme
- EPSRC Laser Loan Pool
The deadline for applications is 8th July 2013.
Detailed instructions are available online (Access mechanisms and how to apply
Direct Access: For work requiring a limited amount of access (maximum of 3 weeks) in a single 6-month allocation period. Direct Access applications require a 2 page scientific case. Research Council grant funding is not a requirement for Direct Access. We encourage the submission of proposals aimed at collecting preliminary data to support future grant applications. Where this is the intention, it should be clearly stated in the proposal. Direct Access proposals from applicants who already have Programme Access awarded will only be approved if they are for an entirely different project; this should be clearly demonstrated in the proposal.
Programme Access: For longer term projects requiring repeated visits over a 1 to 3 year period. It is a requirement for Programme Access that relevant grant funding is held from one or more UK Research Councils (including Wellcome Trust). New Programme applications require a 6 page scientific case, as well as a 2 page description of the experiments planned for the first 6 months period of the programme. If applicants have previously received Programme Access, new Programme applications should include a report on outcomes of the previous Programme. For new Programme applications, we also require the applicant to attend the Facility Access Panel meeting (9th/10th September 2013), to give a 10 minute presentation on the proposed work and to be available to answer questions from the panel. If you are unable to attend in person, we will endeavour to arrange a video link. Previously approved programmes require a 2 page description of objectives for the next 6 months, and a 1 page summary of progress to date.
EPSRC Laser Loan Pool: For loans of lasers to your home institution for a 6 month period. A scientific case of up to 3 pages is required.
We endeavour to provide access to all proposals supported by Research Council grants. However, because of limited capacity we are unable to guarantee access to all grant-funded proposals. Where the panel feels that a grant-supported application has not provided adequate information on its proposed use of CLF facilities, we may ask for clarification and resubmission of the proposal in the following round before access can be awarded.
As grant funding is an important criterion for assessment of proposals, please ensure that relevant grant funding is clearly identified in your application.
LSF and Loan Pool application information and instructions
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