FAQ

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Who is a BioStruct-X BAG coordinator?

The BioStruct-X BAG coordinator is a scientist responsible for day-to-day coordination of the BAG. He/she is the official contact person for all administrative and practical matters with the BioStruct-X management responsible for collecting and transmiting all information between the BAG members and BioStruct-X.

Who is a BioStruct-X BAG Lead PI?

The BioStruct-X BAG Lead PI is a scientist designated by the BAG coordinator who is responsible for the scientific aspects of the proposal, and who represents the academic goals and profiles of the participating groups.

Who is a BioStruct-X Project coordinator?

The BioStruct-X Project coordinator is a scientist, an independent Group Leader who is applying to BioStruct-X for support of a given scientific project. He/she is the official contact person for all administrative and practical matters with the BioStruct-X management.

Who is a BioStruct-X BAG Principal Investigator (PI)?

The BioStruct-X BAG Principal Investigator (PI) is a scientist, an independent Group Leader member of a BAG applying to BioStruct-X for support. He/ She is responsible for the scientific aspects of individual project within a BAG.

I am not a member of a BAG and would like to apply for MX beamtime. What should I do?

Please note that Single Project (SP) applications for BioStruct-X supported MX beamtime are not possible. For groups that are not a part of a BAG but wish to apply for MX beamtime, please contact BioStruct-X management for advice on joining existing consortia (please email to: biostructx@embl-hamburg.de).

I come from a non-EU country. Am I eligible for BioStruct-X support?

In accordance with the FP7 regulations, researchers from the following countries are eligible for BioStruct-X support:

  • MEMBER STATES – The EU-27 (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom)
  • ASSOCIATED COUNTRIES – with science and technology cooperation agreements that involved contributing to the framework programme budget (Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands and Republic of Moldova).

What costs are covered by BioStruct-X support?

Travel and accommodation costs of visiting scientists are supported by BioStruct-X in accordance with the individual facility’s regulations. For further details on the type of support, please inquire directly with the facility of interest prior to your visit.

Is there a limit to the number of BAGs that I can be associated with?

The BioStruct-X poses no restrictions to the number of BAGs that the applicant for BioStruct-X support can be associated with. However, no double funding of projects is possible. If you wish to apply for BioStruct-X support through more than one BAG application, it has to be for different projects.

What is the validity period of BioStruct-X support?

The lifetime for BioStruct-X support of each project starts at the date when the evaluation result is passed to the project coordinator and is valid for one year (365 days).

Who will evaluate my proposal?

All BioStruct-X proposals will be evaluated by the members of the BioStruct-X Project Evaluation Committee (PEC) (http://www.biostruct-x.eu/content/project-evaluation-committee-pec-members). Three reviewers and one proposal coordinator with specific expertise in the field will be assigned to each proposal.

Will there be periodic call for proposals announcements for BioStruct-X support?

Applications for BioStruct-X support will be possible at any time. However, there will be periodic evaluation deadlines. The deadlines will be announced on the BioStruct-X website.

How long does the evaluation procedure take?

The evaluation procedure will take no more than 30 days following each evaluation deadline.

When publishing my research, do I have to acknowledge BioStruct-X?

BioStruct-X support must be acknowledged by the following statement: "The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under BioStruct-X (grant agreement N°283570)."

Whom to contact after I receive a favourable evaluation result from BioStruct-X and I wish to schedule beamtime?

For details on the procedures for beamtime scheduling and travel support, please contact the user office of the individual facilities.

Alba: http://www.cells.es/UserOffice
DESY: http://photon-science.desy.de/users_area/index_eng.html
Diamond: useroffice@diamond.ac.uk
Elettra: useroffice@elettra.trieste.it
EMBL-Grenoble: belrhali@embl.fr
EMBL-Hamburg: useroffice@embl-hamburg.de
HZB: http://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/user/index_en.html
Max-Lab: https://www.maxlab.lu.se/node/245
PSI: useroffice@psi.ch
Soleil: useroffice@synchrotron-soleil.fr

Whom to contact for joining a SAXS BAG?

The BAG system, where the beamtime blocks are allocated to consortia of geographicaly related research groups, is very convenient both for the users and for the facilities. The BAGs are expected to be multi-disciplinary, e.g. possibly combining macromolecular crystallography and SAXS, and the BAGs can also apply for BioStruct-X funding valid for the access to multiple facilities.

Below please find the names of the regional BAG coordinators, please contact them if you wish to be part of the BAGs.

Savvas Savvides, University of Ghent, Belgium
Roy Beck-Barkai, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Jose M de Pereda, IBMCC, University of Salamanca, Spain
Michael Kokkinidis, University of Crete, Greece
Natacha Rochel, IGBMC, Strasbourg, France
Annalisa Pastore, MRC, London, UK
Clair Baldock, Manchester University, UK
Jose Artur Brito, ITQB, Oeiras, Portugal
David Albesa-Jove, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain
Salam Al-Karadaghi, Lund University, Sweden

Please also note that the organization of the user community in BAGs is a process to be done by the community itself. We can only provide a seed initiating this self-organization by providing the names of potential regional BAG organizers for SAXS,but the rest should be done by the users themselves.

Why do I need a BioStruct-X Hash key?

BioStruct-X applicants who have selected EMBL Hamburg installations in their proposal, now have the option to simply import their BioStruct-X project information into the local EMBL Hamburg User management system (SMIS) by entering the Hash key they received into the requested field in the SMIS.

 
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