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PSCMPartnership for Soft Condensed Matter

Next deadline for EoI submission :
30 October 2018

For submission please send the EoI form to the PSCM coordinators

Download the EoI form

Becoming a Partner

Research institutes, universities and industry with a special interest in exploiting the facilities made available through the PSCM and which undertake to contribute to the enhancement of the capabilities of the partnership can become collaborative partners of the PSCM.

Collaborative Partner Organisations (CPOs) must be based in one of the member or scientific associate countries of the ESRF or one of the associate or scientific member countries of the ILL. CPOs must contribute towards additional human resources and/or equipment, thus bringing a clear added value to the Partnership and to the soft condensed matter user community as a whole. Collaborative Partner status, if granted, is for a minimum of three years.

The collaboration should include some aspects of the scientific endeavour such as:

  • execution of state-of-the-art neutron and/or synchrotron radiation experiments,
  • development of novel techniques and sample environments for neutron and/or synchrotron radiation and/or laboratory experiments
  • improvement of data analysis methods and theories or synthesis and characterisation of novel materials.

For more information please contact the PSCM coordinators.

The procedure

The first step in the application for Collaborative Partner status consists in the submission of an Expression of Interest (EoI) that will be evaluated by the PSCM Steering Committee. In case of a positive evaluation the proposer will be asked to submit a full Partner Application Form (PAF).

The template for the EoI can be downloaded HERE.

Overall, the procedure will involve the following steps:

  1. Each prospective partner will choose to join the PSCM via the ILL or the ESRF. The corresponding (ILL or ESRF) coordinator will be the primary contact (Principal Coordinator) between proposer and PSCM. Both Coordinators will keep each other informed about the evolution of negotiations with each prospective CPO.
  2. The proposer must submit an EoI within the announced deadlines.
  3. The PSCM Steering Committee, supported by a panel composed by ILL and ESRF scientists, will select those EoIs meeting the requirements for a full proposal submission.
  4. The principal coordinator will primarily support the candidate during the PAF writing stage, and will establish contacts at the corresponding institute (ESRF or ILL) with relevant local scientists willing to act as scientific contacts for the proposed project. The secondary coordinator will establish scientific contacts within his/her institute (ILL or ESRF) if the project requires combined use of x-ray and neutrons. Both coordinators  read the final PAF and give approval for its official submission to the PSCM Steering Committee.
  5. The PSCM Steering Committee considers the PAF and asks for recommendation to a Proposal Review Panel called to judge the PSCM partnership proposals.
  6. If the Proposal Review Panel provides a positive evaluation and the Steering Committee considers the project valuable for both the ILL and the ESRF, a formal contract is signed and the project is launched.

The highest-ranking projects will be those proposing the implementation of methodologies and facilities (enabling novel scientific investigations) that would not be affordable for individual stand-alone ESRF or ILL units, and therefore can only be achieved through the CPO's contribution.

Each project will be judged on the basis of five criteria:

  1. Scientific strength
  2. Added value to the PSCM
  3. Novel methodologies
  4. Potential applications
  5. Societal impact

The added value to the PSCM of a given collaboration is evaluated in terms of the opportunities it presents to enable one or more of the following:

  • Development of novel techniques and/or sample environment
  • Secondment of technical and/or scientific staff to the PSCM
  • Submit collaborative grant applications
  • Development and provision of software applications for advanced data analysis
  • Seeking additional funding to enable collaborative research

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