Annual call for proposals for the NSF ZEUS facility
The deadline for FY25 proposal submission has been extended to 5pm ET on February 14 2024.
The call for proposals for the FY25 cycle access to ZEUS laser facility is open. Please note that proposals will be submitted through the MyZEUSPortal. See below for information on how to register and create your user account.
Information about the expected capabilities of the ZEUS facility for the FY25 cycle (10/2024-09/2025) are posted on the Target Area Capabilities page. It is expected that 30 weeks split across the three target areas, will be scheduled for the second cycle. You should justify the number of weeks access of laser time requested in your proposal. Please contact the ZEUS laser facility at Zeusemail@example.com for any technical feasibility questions regarding your experimental configuration.
The ZEUS facility welcomes proposals from the whole scientific community. International researchers are welcome to submit proposals for the ZEUS facility.
The Principal Investigator or PI is the individual responsible for overseeing the preparation, experimental execution, administration, ensuring the resources are available to run the experiment, and reporting of the experimental project. See additional notes below about interfacing with the facility, and the support offered by the ZEUS staff.
Proposals will be selected by an independent, external review panel. The criteria for selection will include scientific excellence and impact, feasibility, and uniqueness to the ZEUS facility (i.e. could the experiment be performed elsewhere?), resources to perform the experiment, as well as balancing the range of topics and broadening impacts for awarded time. Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) principles, diversity of institutions, and diversity of science will be considered in the experimental selection process. A list of the successful experiments naming the PI and the title of the experiment will be made publically available once scheduling is complete.
Registering to be a ZEUS user
ZEUS’s user portal (MyZEUSPortal) is now open. In addition to proposal submission, the MyZEUSPortal is where users will plan experiments, find information on the facility and access their experimental data. New PIs and users should register for an account in the system. Once registered, you may submit your proposal through the Proposal menu. For difficulties with MyZEUSPortal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposal preparation guidelines
The online submission system will collect general information on the PI, experimental team, experimental requirements. The scientific case must also be submitted through the online system.
The scientific case should be prepared and submitted as a pdf document. It should be a maximum of 6 pages (letter or A4 sized paper) including all figures and references. The font should be Times New Roman 11pt font, single-spaced, and “justify” aligned. Please make sure to set the following normal margins: top, bottom, right: 1.0” (2.5 cm); left: 1.0” (2.5 cm). Figure captions may be Times New Roman 9pt font.
Notes about access to the ZEUS facility
The facility beamtime and support is provided at no cost to the users. Basic targets (see website for details) may also be provided. Users are responsible for their own travel costs for their team, as well as extraordinary targets or consumables required by the experiment. A link scientist will work with each user group to coordinate the planning and execution of the experiments. The ZEUS facility is a “hands-on” facility, with the expectation that each group will work in the target area to set up the experiment-specific diagnostics and run the experiment in coordination with the facility staff. The PI must ensure adequate staffing to run their experiment.
The data availability and data access policy for ZEUS is still under development and will be agreed upon with the PIs of the selected experiments prior to the time being awarded.
An acknowledgment of funding sources must appear on all publications resulting from the use of ZEUS facilities leading to publications, whether or not they are copyrighted. The text required for the acknowledgement for publications will be “This work is based upon research conducted at the ZEUS facility which is supported by the National Science Foundation under award 2126181.”
The PI for each experiment will have responsibility for timely reporting back to ZEUS (such as an annual scientific report, notification of publications, students graduated using ZEUS data) and to ensure acknowledgement in publications and presentations. The PI must provide the ZEUS facility with an open access copy of the publication within 1 month of publication. In future calls, consideration for future access may be contingent upon timely and accurate reporting on prior ZEUS experimental access.
ZEUS is a user facility and it is not a requirement for users to collaborate with local researchers or to include facility staff as coauthors. However, we do encourage PIs to consider including the link scientists (or others) as coauthors if they contribute significantly to the science direction and success of the experiment.
Please contact the ZEUS facility team at email@example.com with any questions regarding this call for proposals.