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EMSL 2013 Call for User Proposals

EMSL's 2013 Call for Proposals is closed. Award decisions will be made by August 31, 2013 and approved proposals will be granted access to EMSL resources beginning October 1, 2013.

In addition to EMSL's Call for Science Theme proposals, EMSL and the Joint Genome Institute (DOE-JGI) are launching their first-ever joint call to facilitate the integration of their capabilities. This joint Call for Exploratory Collaborations is open until April 8, and solicits pilot projects that integrate the resources of both EMSL and DOE-JGI in topics related to biofuels production and carbon cycling. Proposals submitted against this Call will follow a proposal format and review process separate from Science Theme proposals.

EMSL's 2013 Call for Proposals is now open for high-impact user research proposals focused on selected topics in environmental molecular science. These proposals will be valid for two years provided the annual summary and extension request demonstrate sufficient progress toward the stated goals. A select number of proposal authors may be invited to submit project plans to extend the work for a third year.

Through the proposal and review process, EMSL allocates access to research instruments, staff, and facility services. Access to instruments is provided at no cost to users for research that is in the public domain and intended for publication in the open literature, but users are responsible for funding their own team's labor and travel expenses.

Users are advised to carefully follow the Proposal Guidance for Fiscal Year 2013 when developing proposals. Proposals will be evaluated on a total of five review criteria, following the Proposal Review process, and those that do not adhere to the guidance will not be considered.

Proposal Call Highlights

This call focuses on cutting-edge research activities that will advance scientific understanding in the specific topics listed below. Proposals that describe molecular-scale research that transforms our understanding of key phenomena of any of these specific topics, by coupling experiments with synthetic or natural materials/systems with modeling, simulation, or theory, are preferred.

Proposals that significantly advance scientific innovation through integration of multiple EMSL instruments or via highly productive collaborative teams with different expertise (multi-institution, multi-disciplinary) are encouraged. Prospective users are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant Science Theme Lead or Capability Lead to discuss proposal ideas and possible research collaborations with EMSL and PNNL staff. Prospective users interested in coupling experimental and computational approaches should contact the Molecular Science Computing Lead.

In addition, new capabilities offer prospective users the possibility of new and unique experiments. Information about these capabilities, which include a variety of in-situ probes for NMR; advanced electron microscopy in quiet space; high-powered and/or high-resolution mass spectrometers; a new Radiochemistry Annex; and nonlinear optics (sum frequency generation) are available on the capabilities web page.

Focused Topics by Science Theme

Biological Interactions and Dynamics

Geochemistry/Biogeochemistry and Subsurface Science

Science of Interfacial Phenomena

Although preference will be given to proposals related to the specific topics above, outstanding proposals that do not fit within the Call's themes will be considered. Users are reminded that General proposals can be submitted at any time to be reviewed on established cycles (three per year). However, only limited resources are available for General proposals. Questions regarding EMSL's user program or specifics related to this Call may be directed to the contacts listed below.


For information regarding EMSL's proposal process or Science Themes, contact:

For general proposal inquiries – Terry Law
(, 509-371-6003)

For EMSL's Science Theme program – Sherry Cady
(, 509-375-2020)

For Biological Interactions and Dynamics – Scott Baker
(, 509-372-4732)

For Geochemistry/Biogeochemistry and Subsurface Science – Nancy Hess
(, 509-371-6385)

For Science of Interfacial Phenomena – Don Baer
(,, 509-371-6245)

For integration of theory and experiment inquiries – Bill Shelton
(, 509-371-7633)

User Support Office: , 509-371-6003