NSRL BEAM INFORMATION


NASA supports three experimental campaigns per year with the use of a variety of ion beams in each campaign. Selection of the species and energies of ion beams to be used at experimental campaigns at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) are based on the following considerations:

1) NASA Programmatic goals relative to the dominant ion species in space and the current research proposals funded by NASA;
2) The availability of ion sources at BNL;
3) User requests including requirements for the continuation of ongoing experiments funded by NASA.

Because expected doses in space are generally below 1 Gy of heavy ions and 2 Gy of protons, users are only expected to request doses higher than 2 Gy or protons or 1 Gy of heavy ions, in order to complete dose-response curves that begin at lower doses, or to complete experiments with higher doses that have began at previous NSRL campaigns.

 The list of ions available for experiments at the NRSL can be found here.



 

Guidelines for Submission of a Beam Time Request for the
NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL)

POLICY:

CATEGORIES OF USERS AND PRIORITIES.

The following categories of NSRL users are defined, together with the corresponding access priorities:

CATEGORY 1: investigators selected following competitive peer-review of proposals submitted in response to a research solicitation sponsored by the Space Radiation Program of HHP alone or in collaboration with another agency, such as DOE, or international partners, under a current award. Scientific Merit: review provided by peer review panel; Technical Merit: review provided by SACRR in conjunction with review panel; Scheduling: Priority 1

CATEGORY 2: investigators with a current award sponsored by NASA, but not by the Space Radiation Program, whose home institution has negotiated an agreement with the Space Radiation Program, Scientific Merit: review documented by investigator on applying for beam time; Technical Merit: review provided by SACRR; Scheduling: Priority 2

CATEGORY 3: experiments intended to obtain preliminary data for inclusion in an application to an identified research solicitation sponsored by the Space Radiation Program alone or in collaboration with another agency, such as DOE or international partners. The resources required by such experiments shall be modest and compatible with the experiment objectives, as determined by SACRR. Scientific Merit: determined by SACRR; Technical Merit: review provided by SACRR; Scheduling: Priority 3, depending on availability

CATEGORY 4: “parasite” or ”piggyback” experiments (i.e., irradiations requiring no significant BNL resources as determined by the BNL SACRR). Scientific Merit: review documented by investigator on applying for beam time; Technical Merit: review provided by SACRR; Scheduling: Priority 2, depending on availability

CATEGORY 5: occasional full-scale experiments, not part of the Space Radiation Program, and not sponsored by NASA, that can document peer-review or other appropriate review process. Scientific Merit: review documented by investigator on applying for beam time; Technical Merit: review provided by SACRR; Scheduling: Priority 4, depending on availability

CATEGORY 6: experiments performed in conjunction with an educational or outreach activity sponsored by the Space Radiation Program (e.g., Summer Study, HBCU experiments); Scientific Merit: determined by Space Radiation program management; Technical Merit: review provided by SACRR; Scheduling: Priority 3, depending on availability

CATEGORY 7: irradiations performed as part of industrial or commercial testing by NASA-funded projects, including SBIR grantees. Scientific/Technological Merit: documented by investigator on applying for beam time; Technical Merit: review provided by SACRR; Scheduling: Priority 5, depending on availability

CATEGORY 8: experiments not able to document scientific or technical review. Scheduling: not allowed

− Proposals become inactive after (1) one year has elapsed, (2) the maximum beam time allotment has been reached, or (3) a replacement proposal has been submitted.
− Only experimental proposals with approved beam time requests may utilize NASA-funded beams and NASA-funded facilities.

 

TYPES OF REQUEST:

1. Experimental Proposals

A. New Proposal: describes a single project to which no previous NSRL beam time has been assigned
B. Renewal Proposal: describes a single project with previous assigned beam time.
C. Replacement Proposal: rewrite of a proposal to address SACRR comments. A resubmitted proposal will be re-rated and will replace the original request.

2. Beam Time Request


Justification for beam time REQUIRED FOR ALL PROPOSALS

 

PRIOR TO SUBMISSION:

New users MUST (and returning investigators are encouraged to) contact beam line and biology/ laboratory facility personnel (see Radiobiology Contact list) to determine suitability of the beam available and the laboratory support facility for the experiments proposed. The Users’ Manual provides much useful information, and can be accessed at http://www.bnl.gov/medical/nasa/cad/docs/Operating_Procedures/First_Time_Users_Guide.asp

 

ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL:

1. Proposals must be submitted ELECTRONICALLY in computer-readable word processing format (MS Word or equivalent). Send all required sections to nsrladmin@bnl.gov. Note that two items must be sent in hard copy to: NSRL Administrator, at the address below.

A. The SIGNED face page of the Physics/Instrumentation User Proposal,
B. The SIGNED Physics/Instrumentation Users Safety Experimental Approval Form. (Signature on last page).

2. Proposals must not exceed the specified page limits.

3. Proposals for beam time must be submitted on or before the deadline for each scheduling cycle in which beam time is desired.

4. Proposals must include completed copies of the following safety/controlled research forms, as appropriate:

To be submitted ELECTRONICALLY:

A. User Proposal and Request for Beam Time
B. Users Safety Experimental Approval Form
C. Support Form

To be submitted in HARD copy to

NSRL Administrator,
Brookhaven National Laboratory,
50 Bell Ave.,
Biology Dept., Bldg. 463,
Upton, NY 11973-5000

D. Signed face page of Att.3 - User Proposal and Request for Beam Time
E. Signed copy (last page) of Att.4 – Users Safety Experimental Approval form

5. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered in the upcoming review cycle, but will be considered as submitted for next subsequent deadline and review cycle.

6. Investigators must provide, either through their web site or as an email attachment, a copy of their grant proposal funded by NASA/NSBRI/DOE-NASA under which the research is being carried out. The copy should have proprietary and salary information removed. This copy of the grant will be sent to reviewers upon request to aid in their review of the beam time proposal.

 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION AND DEADLINES:

Proposals MUST be received at BNL by 5 pm (BNL time) on or before the submission deadline. When the submission deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, proposals will be accepted until 5 pm on the workday following the weekend or holiday. Proposals received after the deadline will not be reviewed in this cycle, but will be considered as submitted for the first subsequent deadline and review cycle. Three cycles are anticipated each year for proposal submission in the fall, winter, and spring.

 

REVIEW PROCEDURE:

Proposals will be reviewed by the Brookhaven Scientific Advisory Committee for Radiation Research (SACRR), appointed by the Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics (ALD, NPP), additional reviewers to address specific fields or issues, and NASA and DOE observers. Spokesperson(s) for each proposal may request the opportunity to make an oral presentation to the committee. The SACRR will review proposals and provide a recommendation to NASA and to the ALD, NPP on each proposal.

 

USER ACCOUNTS:

General users who are allocated Beam time must establish an operating account at BNL in the amount of $2000 before conducting an experiment. The account must be set up at least 2 months prior to the run. This is to cover the costs of miscellaneous services and materials required while running the experiment. The term of the purchase order must be specified as well as the persons having signature authorization for charges against the account. Charges against this account will be billed directly to the users by Brookhaven's Fiscal Division. Users are obligated to pay outstanding debts promptly. Accounts can be opened by forwarding a purchase order to the address below. GENERAL USERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN AN EXPERIMENT WITHOUT AN ACCOUNT IN PLACE. The account number MUST be placed on the face page of the User Proposal.

BNL Budget Office, Bldg. 460
Att. Georgia Irving
Brookhaven National Laboratory
PO Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
Phone (631) 344-7957; FAX (631) 344-2149

 

GUEST REGISTRATION & CHECK IN:

See Attachment 8 for important information regarding registration and check in. Please note that the approval process for foreign nationals can take as long as 90 days; therefore, registration should be completed as soon as possible.

 

TRAINING:

General users must arrange to complete all training as required by the Training Coordinator and the AGS Safety Personnel. Depending on the nature of the experiment planned, training may require classes over a period of several days. ALL TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETE BEFORE THE EXPERIMENT BEGINS.

BNL Radiation Research Contacts
(current January 2013)

(All addresses: Brookhaven National Laboratory, PO Box 5000, Upton, NY 11973-5000)

Beam specifications & AGS
Philip Pile (pile@bnl.gov)
Voice: (631) 344-4643
FAX: (631) 344-5954
C-A Dept., Building 911B

Adam Rusek (rusek@bnl.gov)
Voice: (631) 344-5830
FAX: (631) 344-5954
C-A Dept., Building 911B

Safety & training/AGS
Ed Lessard (lessard@bnl.gov)
Voice: (631) 344-4250
FAX: (631) 344-5954
C-A Dept., Building 911B

Peter Cirnigliaro (cirn@bnl.gov)
Voice: (631) 344-5636
FAX: (631) 344-5676

Biology/laboratory support facility
Peter Guida (guida@bnl.gov)
Voice: (631) 344-2913
FAX: (631) 344-5311
Medical Building 490

Medical/Laboratory support facility
Peter Guida (guida@bnl.gov)
Voice: (631) 344-2913
FAX: (631) 344-5311
Medical, Building 490

Guest, User, Visitor Center (guvcenter@bnl.gov)
FAX: (631) 344-8686
PHONE: (631) 344-3333

 

GUEST REGISTRATION:

All guests coming to Brookhaven are managed through a Guest Information System (GIS). The GIS has a web front-end that enables guests to pre-register before arriving at Brookhaven. All guests coming to Brookhaven must receive approval prior to arrival at Brookhaven, must inform BNL of their anticipated arrival and departure dates, and must check-in at the RHIC & AGS Users’ Center. Here are some general guidelines.

1) NEVER held a BNL ID card before. Those individuals who have never held a BNL ID card must register at https://fsd84.bis.bnl.gov/guest/guest.asp. Guests should not arrive at Brookhaven until they receive approval to do so. Approvals are received via e-mail. Don’t wait, register now.

2) Have a valid BNL ID card. Guests who hold valid BNL ID cards already have approval and registration is not necessary.

3) BNL ID Card Expired. Guests who held a BNL ID card at one time, but their card has expired should contact the RHIC & AGS Users’ Center at guvcenter@bnl.gov for assistance.

4) All Guests Must

A. Notify Brookhaven of anticipated arrival and departure dates at: http://www.bnl.gov/guv/guestcentral.asp,
B.  Check-in at the RHIC & AGS Users’ Center, Building 400, upon arrival, and
C. Bring proper identification with them. Further details can be found at: http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/visitor_ID.asp

 

TRAINING:

If you have a valid appointment, training can be complete before arrival. All training requirements and history records can be accessed from the Users’ Center training web page at: http://www.bnl.gov/userscenter/Training/NSRL/nsrl.asp
http://www.bnl.gov/userscenter/Training/NSRL/nsrl2.asp

 

HOUSING:

Guests are responsible for making their own housing accommodations. Information can be found at http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/hotels.html. Please note that if your plans change and you fail to cancel reservations, you will be charged a "no-show" fee.

 

NEED HELP?

The staff at the RHIC & AGS Users’ Center is available to assist you Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00.They can be reached at (631) 344-5975, (631) 344-3333 via e-mail guvcenter@bnl.gov

 

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