The unique characteristics of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) beamlines and experimental facilities provide many companies with cutting-edge research capabilities. The ALS regularly attracts industrial users from large and small companies seeking to advance scientific knowledge, investigate the development of new products and manufacturing methods, and/or provide economic benefits and jobs. The nature of industrial research can be different from traditional university- and government-sponsored projects, so the ALS has created unique opportunities for new and existing industrial users to access our user facilities and engage in productive relationships with our scientific and engineering staff.
Types of Industry Research
Users from industrial companies are welcome to do both nonproprietary and proprietary research at the ALS. When a company prefers to keep the scientific goal and details of their work confidential, such that it would limit reviewers’ ability to fairly score a proposal, access to the facility may be specially arranged. Please contact the appropriate beamline scientist (see the ALS Beamline Directory), the User Services Group Leader, or the Division Deputy for Science for more information. Nonproprietary research projects give industry users free access to the ALS, while proprietary research requires fees to cover the use of the ALS facility.
Review examples of the types of research projects industry users have been conducting at the ALS.
ALS Access for Industry Users
Industry users may apply for beamtime under any of the available mechanisms. One such mechanism that provides industry users an expedited mode of access to fast track critical work is the Rapid Access Proposals, Industry, and Director’s Discretion (RAPIDD) program. More information on the proposal types and proposal submission and review process can be found here.
The ALS User Office and scientific groups are especially committed to helping new industrial users gain a foothold in our community and welcome inquiries about how to make that happen.