the Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science (FICUS) program

Call for FICUS EMSL-JGI Based Research Proposals, FY 2025

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science user facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), are seeking collaborative research applications through the Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science (FICUS) program. The FICUS program was originally established in 2014 to encourage and enable ambitious multidisciplinary research projects and integrates the expertise and experimental capabilities of multiple DOE supported user facilities.  This call is supported by the Office of Science’s Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program.

The fiscal year (FY) 2025 FICUS proposal call will include access to the expanded capabilities available at DOE-supported user facilities beyond JGI and EMSL, including the Bio-SANS beamline through the Center for Structural Molecular Biology (CSMB) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory through the eBERlight program. Additionally, applicants can also request access to archived biological, genomic, and geological samples and specimens from terrestrial and aquatic sites through the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Successful applications will address high-risk/high-payoff projects in the focus topic areas that can be completed in 24 months, use a variety of available capabilities at two or more user facilities, and generate datasets beyond what users of each of these facilities can generate through separate projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact facility staff (see contact information below) in advance of submitting a Letter of Intent for help with designing a set of analyses and using the capabilities at multiple user facilities that are directed at their research goals. Applicants are also encouraged to review the products of the National Microbiome Data Center (NMDC) to enable microbiome data hosting and DOE’s Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) to enable both pre- and subsequent analyses of the data from their project effort.

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