About the FICUS JGI-EMSL Call
The “Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science” (FICUS) call between the JGI and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) represents a unique opportunity for researchers to combine the power of genomics and molecular characterization in one proposed research project. Both user facilities play critical roles in supporting DOE’s energy, environment and basic research missions. Successful applications will focus on high risk/high payoff projects in the focused topic areas that can be completed on an accelerated timeline as compared with the standard CSP projects. In addition, they must utilize a broad range of the capabilities of each facility, and generate datasets beyond what each of these facilities could generate by itself. Accepted projects must address or be aligned with DOE/BER missions, but proof of concept for the demonstration of a technology that would be applicable to a DOE mission is appropriate.
For accepted proposals, sequencing, synthesis, metabolomics and analysis will be paid for by the Department of Energy’s funding of the JGI, EMSL, and other partner labs. There is no cost to the user and no granting of funds.
Data produced by JGI will adhere to the JGI Data Policy. For sequencing or metabolomics projects, data are subject to a one-year embargo, while for DNA synthesis projects, data are subject to a two-year embargo starting at construct or strain delivery. For more information about the JGI’s policy, please visit the JGI Data Policy website.
The FICUS partner labs have collaborated on several webinars describing the capabilities offered as part of this call:
“FY23 FICUS Open Call for Proposals” describes the resources available from all the facilities participating in the FY23 call, introduces the Eco-FAB resource, and contains useful tips for submitting a successful proposal.
“Accessing Resources at Multiple DOE User Facilities with a Single Proposal” describes the resources available from the JGI and EMSL, and useful tips for submitting a successful proposal (FY22 call).
“2021 FICUS Proposal Call Webinar – Introducing the Bio-SANS capability” highlights the science that can be done with the Biological Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (Bio-SANS) instrument available at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Structural Molecular Biology.
“Accessing NEON’s Environmental Sample Archives, Applying JGI and EMSL Omics Tools” introduces the NEON resource, a network of field research sites designed to collect long-term open access ecological data. Through FICUS, NEON will provide access to its biorepository at Arizona State University, which contains representative samples of the spatial, temporal, taxonomic (environmental, microbial, plants, invertebrate, and vertebrate), and thematic scope of NEON sampling.
“SIP Technologies at EMSL and JGI” provides background on the various isotope-related technologies available at JGI and EMSL such as DNA-SIP, Protein SIP, Flux Balance analysis with metabolites, Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry, NanoSIMS, and other techniques.
See lists of accepted proposals from previous years.