The fall 2020 call for standard proposals opens on September 1, 2020, with a submission deadline of October 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of review outcomes in November, 2020.
How does COVID-19 impact this proposal call?
The Molecular Foundry is currently open with limited access for on-site research. Berkeley Lab and the Foundry are resuming operations gradually, subject to COVID-19 safety policies that limit our ability to work together. The Foundry remains committed to working with users on active proposals, within the limitations of the pandemic context. The Foundry will maintain communication with users as the situation evolves.
Approved standard proposals have up to one year for activation of the project. Then, these active projects have one year to complete. However, if circumstances for a given project are such that activation is delayed beyond one year–perhaps due to continued travel restrictions or inability to provide in-person training without maintaining physical distancing–we will review requests for extensions on a case by case basis.
Fall 2020 Proposal Call Emphasis
In light of the restrictions mentioned above, for the fall 2020 call, the Molecular Foundry encourages the submission of user research proposals for nanoscale science, with an emphasis on:
- Collaborative research to fight COVID-19
- Proposals that emphasize theoretical and computational work
- Projects requesting remote access to instruments or collection of data to be analyzed remotely
- Sample-only proposals (submit anytime)
As is normally the case, the Molecular Foundry will also consider standard user research proposals for nanoscale science including:
- Synthesis of inorganic, organic, biological, and hybrid nanostructures
- High-resolution electron, optical, and scanning-probe microscopy
- Theory and simulation of nanostructured materials
- Advanced nano-fabrication
All projects will be subject to any COVID-19 safety limitations.
The Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab is a national nanoscience research facility available to researchers from around the world through a competitive proposal process — free of charge for non-proprietary work. Foundry users may come from industry, academia, or government institutions.