Help: Proposal submissions

Submission steps

Submission is done in three steps: Registration with the DUO (Digital User Office) All new users are requested to register with the PSI DUO. Registration has to be done only once and is done via the web. As some of the steps involved may take some time it is stronly sugessted to register well in advance of the experiment.
Submission of experimental reports for previous experiments at the SLS For the evaluation of the PRC, the reports on previous experiments (experimental reports) will be a very important input and a missing experimental report may seriously affect the chance of a new proposal to be accepted. Proposers are asked to supply for each experiment performed a separate experimental report.
  • Merged proposals: As within the DUO database merged proposals exist only as link to the main proposals. The experimental report for a merged proposal should be entered under the number of the main proposal by mentioning that it is for the merged proposal.
  • Proposers and co-proposers: An experimental report on a proposal can be entered only by the proposer (and not by one of the co-proposers).

Submission of the proposal In addition to supplying an experimental report, in a related new proposal a link has to be provided to this proposal / experimental report.

Types of proposals

Four types of proposals are defined:
  • Normal proposals: Asking for beamtime in the next allocation period to perform an experiment with a specific scientific goal. The results of such experiments must be published in the open literature. Besides statistical information, proposals should contain the equivalent of one to two A4 pages of detailed description.
  • Long term proposals: (NonPX beamlines):Long term proposals run for 18 months and can be granted to users investing time or resources into novel experiments or methods. Examples: building a new end station, making a new instrument or method available to the general user community, developing a novel detector, etc. A beamline typically does not commit more than 30% of the user beamtime to long-term proposals. Besides the statistical information, proposals should contain the equivalent of one to max three A4 pages of detailed description.
  • Long term proposals (PX beamlines): Long term proposals run for 24 months and can be granted to users with very challenging projects, requiring reliable access to beamtime over a longer period. Besides the statistical information, proposals should contain the equivalent of one to max three A4 pages of detailed description.
  • Test proposals: Users wanting to perform feasibility tests may submit a test proposal, asking for no more than 3 shifts at non PX-beamlines or no more than 1 shift at the PX-beamlines. Acceptance criteria for test proposals are lower than for normal proposals. Results from such test proposals may later be used to support normal proposals. Besides the statistical information, these proposals should contain the equivalent of one A4 page of detailed description.
  • Pilot proposals: Pilot proposals are granted to users willing to collaborate on the commissioning of a beamline. Pilot proposals aim at testing and improving beamline functionality and performance. These proposals are only feasible in collaboration with the beamline staff. They are rated on the basis of their potential to improve the beamline and their scientific merit.
Each proposal must be accompanied by a sample declaration form (included in the DUO application). For each sample, a separate declaration form has to be submitted.

Multiple proposals

The same proposal must not be submitted separately to different beam lines

Main proposer

A proposal is submitted by the main proposer who is responsible for this proposal. All information from the DUO and the SLS is sent to the main proposer, who is responsible for distributing this information to the co-proposers.

In case of remaining questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SLS Users office.