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User Program

The Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science (FICUS) program was created in 2014 to accelerate ambitious user research projects. The program, spearheaded by EMSL and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), provides researchers with access to the world-class resources of multiple user facilities through a single proposal. The program has expanded to include several other user facilities.

Through the FICUS proposal call for Fiscal Year 2024 with EMSL and JGI, users had access to EMSL, JGI, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) the Bio-SANS beamline at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) through the Center for Structural Molecular Biology (CSMB) and the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory. A separate FICUS call provides access to EMSL and the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility.

Recently awarded projects: FY24 FICUS Program Awards.

FY24 FICUS Program Awardees with EMSL and the Joint Genome Institute


Submitting a FICUS Proposal

FICUS proposal calls are usually announced in January of each year. Visit the Proposal Calls page to see open calls. You can also view recent FICUS Proposal Calls:

FICUS Impact

Drought Shifts the Type of Carbon Emitted by Soil Microbes

Biosphere 2

Goldilocks-Like Environmental Conditions Influence Microbially-Driven Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Peat Soils

jars for sampling inside a box


Presentation by Jeff Blanchard, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, on his FICUS project through EMSL, JGI, and NEON.

Joining the FICUS Program

User facilities interested in partnering with EMSL through a FICUS call are encouraged to contact EMSL User Program Services.