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Proposal Types & Deadlines

At the ESRF there are three different types of beamtime access:

  • Peer-reviewed public beamtime access on ESRF and/or Collaboration Research Group (CRG) beamlines; these pages are dedicated to this type of access.

  • Peer-reviewed private CRG beamtime access on CRG beamlines only, see our CRG-dedicated pages.

  • Purchased commercial beamtime access on ESRF or CRG beamlines, see our Industry-dedicated pages.

Peer-Reviewed Public Beamtime Access

The proposal call deadlines for Standard, BAG and MX-BAG proposals are 1st March and 10th September, at 5pm CET (GMT+2).

The proposal call deadline for Long Term Project and HUB proposals is 15th January, at 5pm CET (GMT+1).

If these dates fall on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the deadline is moved to the following Monday. Please refer to the table below for the year 2024.

The proposal call for MX-Rolling proposals is continuous.

The experiment report submission dates given below are the latest dates to submit an experiment report supporting a new proposal. Otherwise, reports should be submitted within 3 months of the experiment end date.

Standard Proposals

Deadline 4th March 2024 (inclusive) 10th September 2024 (inclusive)
Scheduling Period August 2024 to February 2025 March 2025 to July 2025
Review PANELS 25th-26th April 2024 24th-25th October 2024
Experiment Reports 8th March 2024 13th September 2024
Summary Request for public beamtime over a period of 6 months on ESRF or Collaborating Research Group (CRG) beamlines that are not structural biology beamlines.
  Specific Guidelines Project Description Template

Long Term Project Proposals

Deadline 15th January 2024 (inclusive)  
Scheduling Period from: August 2024 - February 2025 to: March 2027 - July 2027
Review PANELS 25th-26th April 2024
Experiment Reports 8th March 2024
Summary Request for public beamtime over a period of up to 3 years on ESRF or CRG beamlines, for projects with and identifiable benefit to the ESRF user community.
  Specific Guidelines Project Description Template

HUB Project Proposals

Deadline 15th January 2024 (inclusive)
Scheduling Period from: August 2024 - February 2025 to: March 2027 - July 2027
Review PANELS 25th-26th April 2024
Experiment Reports 8th March 2024
Summary Collaborative community access for research topics of high societal relevance.
         Specific Guidelines                      Project Description Template

BAG Proposals

Deadline 4th March 2024 (inclusive)
- Group 1
10th September 2024 (inclusive)
- Group 2
Scheduling Period August 2024 to July 2025 March 2025 to February 2026
Review PANELS 25th-26th April 2024 24th-25th October 2024
Experiment Reports 8th March 2024 13th September 2024
Summary Block Allocation Group community access for non-structural biology beamlines.
  Specific Guidelines Project Description Template

Structural Biology: MX-BAG Proposals

Deadline 4th March 2024 (inclusive)
- Group 1
10th September 2024 (inclusive)
- Group 2
Scheduling Period August 2024 to July 2025 March 2025 to February 2026
Review PANELS 25th-26th April 2024 24th-25th October 2024
Experiment Reports 8th March 2024 13th September 2024
Summary "Block Allocation Group" community access for structural biology beamlines.
  Specific Guidelines Project Description Template

Structural Biology: MX Rolling Proposals

  All types
DEADLINE At any time
Scheduling Period Around 6 - 8 weeks after submission
Review PANELS Within 3 weeks after submission
Experiment Reports Same time as proposal submission
Summary Request for rapid access Structure Biology beamtime for a single or small number of projects (for non-BAG members only).
  Specific Guidelines
Experiment Groups Crystallography BioSAXS SSX & TR-SSX Cryo-EM
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