On 8 April 2020, the fifth SOLARIS synchrotron call for proposals was closed. The call was extended by one week due to the state of epidemic emergency which was introduced in Poland. Scientists from Poland and abroad could apply for beam time at PEEM, XAS and UARPES end stations, as well as for research time at the cryo-electron microscope.
In total, the SOLARIS Centre received 74 applications (twenty more than in the previous call), including 29 for beamlines (XAS – 19, UARPES - 7, PEEM - 3) and 45 applications for Cryo-EM. The planned experiments were assigned to the following fields: physics and applied physics, materials science, chemistry, biology, life sciences and biotechnology, as well as engineering and technology.
The applications submitted to the SOLARIS Centre will be evaluated technically (whether experiments can be carried out using the available infrastructure). They will also undergo sample safety evaluation. The decisive factor will be, however, substantive assessment, including such criteria as the level of innovation in planned research, precise scientific hypotheses, clearly defined methodology, convincing grounds for using synchrotron radiation, or the applicants' research achievements. The substantive assessment will be carried out by an international commission.
The accepted experiments will be carried out between September 2020 and February 2021. The next deadline for submitting proposals is 30 September 2020.