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2014 Call for JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative

The 2014 Call for JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative is now closed. Submitted Letters of Intent (LOIs) are currently under review by members of both EMSL and JGI scientific staff and management for relevance to DOE mission areas. Submitters whose letters of intent are approved will be notified via email by April 23 and full proposals must be submitted through EMSL's User Portal by May 27. Award decisions will be made by July 31, 2014 and approved proposals will be granted access to EMSL resources beginning October 1, 2014.

The Call for Collaborative Science proposals between EMSL and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is open from December 20, 2013 to April 7, 2014 for Letters of Intent. Both user facilities are stewarded by the Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research and play critical roles in supporting DOE's energy, environment and basic research missions. This call represents a unique opportunity for researchers to combine the power of genomics and molecular characterization in one proposed research project.

Applications for the JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative follow a proposal package, schedule, and review process that is tailored to meet both EMSL and JGI requirements. Details regarding the schedule and process for submitting Letters of Intent (LOI) are available on the joint EMSL and JGI guidance for LOI web page, and returning users especially are advised to carefully review the unique elements of this joint program as some of the procedures have changed.


Successful applications will focus on high risk/high payoff projects in the focused topic areas that can be completed in 18 months, utilize a broad range of the capabilities of each facility, and generate datasets unique to these two facilities and beyond what each could generate by itself. An individual application should not request more than 300 Gb of DOE-JGI sequencing, in addition to the EMSL resources necessary for the proposed work. Accepted projects must broadly address DOE/BER missions, but proof of concept for the demonstration of a technology that would be applicable to a DOE mission is appropriate.

Focused Topic Areas

EMSL provides a wide range of unique and state-of-the-art capabilities that can be applied to proposals under this Call, including newer capabilities including in-situ probes for NMR; advanced electron microscopy in EMSL's Quiet Wing space; super resolution fluorescence microscopy for live cells; high-resolution mass spectrometers; a new Radiochemistry Annex; nonlinear optics (sum frequency generation), a 3.4 petaflop supercomputer, NanoSIMS, Atom Probe Tomography, and Imaging XPS. Applications may request any combination of resources, but must provide adequate information to demonstrate the plan for integration and justify the amount requested. Applicants are strongly urged to discuss their resource needs with the respective Capability Leads or Instrument Scientists prior to responding to the Call. Contact information for these individuals is available on the resource description pages, or interested applicants may contact the User Support Office for assistance.

Researchers interested in learning more about EMSL and specific instruments can view a dozen different instruments in four of EMSL's laboratories through a panning 360-degree virtual tour. The tour includes lab and instrument overviews available through text, images, video and web pages. It features EMSL's surface science instruments, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, ion mobility mass spectrometers, and cell isolation and surface analysis tools.

DOE-JGI primarily employs next-generation short-read sequencing platforms augmented by 3rd generation single-molecule/long-read capabilities (3kb up to 10kb). The capabilities available for this call are listed below. Individual proposals may draw from one or more of these capabilities as needed to fulfill project goals but if longer read sequencing is needed, the burden is on the submitter to justify the request. Successful projects frequently exploit a combination of capabilities:

Submitted Letters of Intent (LOIs) will be reviewed by members of both EMSL and JGI scientific staff and management for relevance to DOE mission areas. Submitters whose letters of intent are approved will be notified via email to submit full proposals through EMSL's User Portal by May 27. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and ranked following the published review criteria for EMSL and DOE-JGI, using a combined panel of EMSL and DOE-JGI independent reviewers. Final decisions based on ranking for these proposals will be made by EMSL and DOE-JGI management, and approved projects will start on October 1, 2014.

Questions regarding the JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative or specifics related to this Call may be directed to the contacts listed below.


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

For EMSL's Science Theme program – Karl Mueller
(, 509-371-6550)

For Biosystem Dynamics and Design – Scott Baker
(, 509-372-4759)

For Terrestrial and Subsurface Ecosystems – Nancy Hess
(, 509-371-6385)

For integration of theory and experiment inquiries – Tim Scheibe
(, 509-372-6065)

For Joint Genome Institute inquiries – Jim Bristow
(, 925-296-5609)

User Support Office: , 509-371-6003