Rapid Access for COVID-19 Research

With the continuing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences advanced neutron sources will provide remote rapid access to advanced user facilities to support research into the COVID-19 virus and the search for effective diagnostics and therapies. Facilities that will be made available at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), include neutron macromolecular crystallography, small-angle scattering, reflectometry, spectroscopy and imaging beamlines.

SNS and HFIR beamlines are supported by staff with expertise in neutron structural biology, biophysics, chemistry, and nanoscale materials science and engineering and could be used to help to develop physical, chemical and environmental controls to virus transmission, infection and replication, and guide in the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics of disease.

Researchers who would like to use these resources should submit a short rapid access proposal, outlining experiment aims and scope. A facility scientist will contact you regarding your proposal within two (2) days. Scientific and technical questions should be sent to mylesda@ornl.gov (mylesda@ornl.gov).

ORNL is currently restricting site access. These Rapid Access proposals will be performed as remote access experiments with limited internal staff.

Researchers’ home institution will be expected to execute a User Agreement with ORNL.  If someone from your institution has previously performed user research at ORNL, such as an agreement is likely to already be in place. For information on User Agreements and administrative questions, contact neutronusers@ornl.gov.