LAAAMP supports AdLS projects related to COVID-19

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and the Advanced Photon Source (APS) are accepting samples via mail-in access for studies related to COVID-19. LAAAMP is covering postal charges through the SPARC initiative.

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and the Advanced Photon Source (APS) have shut down normal operations but have remained open for measurements related to COVID-19. Both are accepting and measuring samples via mail-in access. If your research fits the descriptions for one or both of the facilities (see below), then please follow those instructions to determine whether you can gain access. If access is gained, please contact LAAAMP to find out whether some funding for postal charges could be gained through the SPARC initiative. (NOTE: If you find similar mail-in access programs at other synchrotrons around the globe, then please follow their instructions to gain access. After access is gained, please contact LAAAMP to learn whether funding for postal charges is available)

NSLS-II COVID-19 Research Announcement

NSLS-II provides some of the brightest X-rays in the world for structural biology research and we would like to ensure that the facility is doing everything possible to support researchers in their efforts to understand the COVID-19 virus and bring us closer to an effective vaccine or treatment.
With this in mind, NSLS-II is offering a streamlined and expedited rapid access proposal process for groups that require beam time for structural biology projects directly related to COVID-19. The Center for Biomolecular Structure team is supporting remote macromolecular crystallography experiments at Beamlines 17-ID-1 (AMX) and 17-ID-2 (FMX) in this research area.  
In order to submit a macromolecular crystallography proposal for COVID-19 related research, please use the COVID-19 Rapid Access form.
For proposal questions, please contact Nancye Wright at For scientific and/or beamline guidance, please contact Sean McSweeney at
We look forward to assisting you with your COVID-19 research project.

APS COVID-19 Research Announcement (Updated 03/26/2020)

Argonne National Laboratory has made the decision to further reduce on-site activities and enter minimum safe operations mode. The APS will remain operational to support critical COVID-19 related work and for critical remote research only. We will lift restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.

COVID-19 PORTAL. In light of the rapidly changing situation world-wide resulting from the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences light sources want to ensure they are doing everything possible to enable research into this virus and the search for an effective vaccine or other treatment. The DOE supports research into structural biology in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, and universities. This portal collects relevant structural biology resources in a single location, listing their basic characteristics and a point of contact for each.

Expedited, Rapid Access Call for COVID-19 Research
The APS continues to operate, providing expedited, remote access but only for research related to COVID-19 at this time. The Structural Biology Portal lists available APS beamlines for macromolecular crystallography and BioSAXS. Step-by-step instructions on how to apply for expedited beam time are listed on the New User Checklist. All users must be registered and their home institution must have an active User Agreement.
Please submit a Rapid Access proposal and state that the research is related to SARS CoV-2 proteins or COVID-19. The Experimental Safety Approval Form (ESAF) should also indicate SARS CoV-2 or COVID-19.
For administrative assistance, please contact the APS User Office at For technical assistance, please contact Bob Fischetti at

APS OPERATIONS SCHEDULE UPDATE: To continue to meet the needs for ongoing, remote-only COVID-19 research, APS management will extend the current 2020-1 run by two weeks – to May 12. Please see more information and the revised long-range schedule here.

Posted 08 Apr 2020