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Info for XRD1 Users

A new allocation mechanism – dedicated to macromolecular crystallography experiments – has been introduced for beamline X-ray diffraction (XRD1) starting from May 1st 2011. In respect with the standard proposal for experiments at Elettra, the following improvements have been implemented:
  •     no deadline: it is now possible to submit a proposal at any time;
  •     proposal evaluation on a monthly basis;
  •     reduced dead-time between proposal submission and allocation (1 to 3 months);
  •     automatic re-submission in cases of overbooking.
We strongly encourage MX users to take advantage of this new procedure.  It will be still possible to apply on a six-month basis only if the experiment requires a particular setup in order to be performed or extended time is required for bureaucratic purposes such as visa applications.

Description


The new mechanism is dedicated to the macromolecular crystallography experiments, having a well-defined experimental setup and samples suffering of a rapid decay in terms of quality since formed. The new proposal submission system reduces significantly the time period  between proposal submission and allocation and supposes the crystalline samples be ready in the moment of proposal submission.

If the experiment requires a particular setup in order to be performed or extended times is required for bureaucratic purposes such as visa applications (e.g. more than 1 month), the usual procedure (based on 6-months period) should be used.

It is possible to submit a proposal at any time during the year, so no deadlines are present. At  the beginning of every month the proposals submitted in the previous one are evaluated by an appropriate Proposal Review Panel (M). The beamtime allocation is made by the beamline scientist in the following month, according to the score assigned on the basis of scientific relevance. The whole procedure is accessible via VUO following the link "Submit a proposal for macromolecular crystallography".

In case of overbooking the proposals not allocated are automatically re-submitted for the following month, (keeping the assigned rating value) for a maximum of six times.


In case of questions


For enquiries, please contact: mx@elettra.eu




Last Updated on Saturday, 08 June 2019 14:46