The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility
ARGONNE EXTENDS SITE RESTRICTIONS
Updated May 22, 2020
CURRENT APS OPERATIONS AND SCHEDULE
Although onsite access remains prohibited for active internal or external users for the majority of beamlines, the Advanced Photon Source user program remains operational to support:
- Research on SARS-CoV-2 or other COVID-19 related research that addresses the current pandemic. Examples include research related to general immunity, antivirals, vaccines and/or diseases that occur as coinfections as well as new materials for personal protective equipment.
- Critical, proprietary pharmaceutical research.
- Mail-in/remote access work for any research involving low-risk samples and most medium-risk samples (as defined on the ESAF form).
The health and safety of our employees, users, students, and visitors remains our top priority. As the public health situation improves, Argonne will eventually move to subsequent phases, which will bring more user activity back onsite. We will continue to monitor and adapt to changing conditions onsite, in the surrounding communities, in our state and nationwide. We will move forward, or back, across phases as needed as the situation evolves.
In light of the rapidly changing situation world-wide resulting from the coronavirus, the Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Energy Sciences light sources want to ensure they are doing everything possible to enable research into this virus and the search for an effective vaccine or other treatment. The DOE supports research into structural biology in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, and universities. A new webpage, The Structural Biology Portal, collects relevant x-ray, neutron, and cryoEM resources for structural biology in a single location, listing their basic characteristics and a point of contact for each.
EXPEDITED, RAPID ACCESS CALL FOR COVID-19 RESEARCH
The APS is providing expedited remote access for research related to COVID-19 at this time. The Structural Biology Portal lists available APS beamlines for macromolecular crystallography and BioSAXS. Step-by-step instructions on how to apply for expedited beam time are listed on the New User Checklist. All users must be registered and their home institution must have an active User Agreement.
Please submit a Rapid Access Proposal and state that the research is related to the SARS CoV-2 virus or COVID-19.
- To request an MX beamline, submit a Macromolecular Crystallography Proposal (choose “rapid access 2020-1: for immediate work). Here is a list of MX beamlines.
- To request a non-MX beamline, choose Rapid Access General User Proposal and select the 2020-1 cycle for immediate work.