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Proposals

The LANSCE 2020 Call for Proposals is CLOSED.

Calls for proposals are issued once a year, for each run cycle of the accelerator. 

To submit a fast access proposal please directly contact the LANSCE User Program Coordinator.

Contact LANSCE User Office  

  • User Program Coordinator
  • Nina Roelofs
  • (505) 665-9967
  • Email
  • User Office Liaison
  • Valerie Salazar
  • (505) 667-6797
  • Email

Proposal process

The proposal consists of information about the research team, amount of beam time requested and a description of the proposed experiment. Urgent post-proposal-call beam requests may be addressed through a "Fast Access" proposal process if necessary. Please contact the LANSCE User Office, (505) 665-9967, for more information and help with your proposal.

First-time users

If you are a first-time facility user, we encourage you to contact a flight path scientist to discuss your planned work to help ensure that the most appropriate flight path is chosen. View a list of flight path scientists.

LANSCE accepts proposals for the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center, Proton Radiography Facility (pRad) and the Weapons Neutron Research Facility (WNR).

LANSCE Proposal Call

Materials Science
Lujan Center

2020 Lujan Center call for proposals is CLOSED.

Proposal Submission »

PAC Review: mid April 2020

Classified Proposals Submission
Unclassified versions of classified proposals must be submitted using the LANSCE proposal submission site »

For classified versions of such proposals, please contact Don Brown (dbrown@lanl.gov, 505.667.7904) or Liz Melton (ejm@lanl.gov) for specific directions on submission.

Read the Materials Science call (pdf) LA-UR-20-20280.

Proton Radiography
pRad

pRad call for FY21 is CLOSED.

Proposal Submission »

PAC Review with PI presentation:
tentatively February 19th and 20th, 2020

Classified Proposals Submission
Unclassified versions of classified proposals must be submitted using the LANSCE proposal submission site »

Classified versions of such proposals must be sent to Liz Melton (ejm@lanl.gov).

Read the pRad call (pdf) LA-UR-19-32374.

Nuclear Physics
WNR

2020 WNR call for proposals is CLOSED.

Proposal Submission »

PAC Review: mid April  2020

Classified Proposals Submission
Unclassified versions of classified proposals must be submitted using the LANSCE proposal submission site »

For classified versions of such proposals, please contact Morgan White (morgan@lanl.gov) or Liz Melton (ejm@lanl.gov) for specific directions on submission.

Read the Nuclear Science call (pdf) LA-UR-20-20279.

Neutron Radiation Effect Testing


The Industry Call for 2020 proposals is open.

Proposal Submission »

Proprietary ICE House/ICE II proposals will be approved after the call submission deadline. They are NOT part of the PAC scientific merit review. They will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis.

Proposals received after the deadline will be scheduled as beam time is available.

University and other Laboratory proposals for Radiation Effect Testing will be reviewed by the PAC and need to be submitted through the Nuclear Physics - WNR call for proposals.

Proposal submission

Every activity on any flight path requires a proposal. Proposals are submitted online into the new LANSCE Experiment Management System. If you have an account in the old LANSCE proposal portal please use the "Forgot your Password?" to reset your password and access your account in the new system.

Contact the LANSCE User Office for any updates to already submitted proposals.

Proposal review

All proposals are reviewed for scientific merit by Program Advisory Committees (PACs). In the case of proprietary proposals, such as the case for industry, users pay for beam time and no scientific merit review is conducted.

Program Advisory Committees

Three PACs are convened to review proposals: one for pRad, one for nuclear physics, and one for nuclear physics. The nuclear physics PAC is divided into three subcommittees
(Basic Science,
Nuclear Technology,
and Weapons Physics).

The goal of these committees is to select those experiments that are thought to be the most important in a particular field, will have the greatest impact in the particular area of research, and have the greatest chance for success. The PAC rates the proposals and these ratings are used as input to the scheduling process. Users are given an opportunity to present their proposal either in person or by telephone before the pRad PAC and to answer questions from the committee.

If a proposal is rated highly, it will be scheduled for beam time. Before the experiment is actually run, it must undergo a safety and technical review. If the experiment is "routine" in the sense that it is very similar to experiments that have been done before and does not have any significant safety or compliance issues, it will be approved for beam time. If there are safety, compliance, security, or other concerns, the experiment will be reviewed in more depth by a committee of subject matter experts. The result of the safety review may be additional requirements, procedures, and/or documentation.

If you have any questions please contact the LANSCE User Office, lansce-user-office.lanl.gov, (505) 667-6797.


Guidance on Proposal Writing

While there is not a strict template for research proposals they should contain the following elements:

  1. Research Goals including background needed to place your proposal in the proper context, and the significance of the proposed work
  2. Experimental details sufficient for the PAC to determine the feasibility of your experiment: what you want to measure, estimates of signal and background, justification for time request
  3. If you require special help in the form of specialized equipment or personnel expertise discuss these needs

While we do not enforce a strict page limit  proposals should be no more than 4 pages in length.