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AtlasCenter - US ATLAS Center (ATC)


The ATLAS Center (ATC) is a shared resource for physicists and students working on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, designed to position ATLAS collaborators at U.S. institutions to make important measurements and discoveries with ATLAS data, and to advance future ATLAS detector technology. The center operates at four sites, located at the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories participating in ATLAS: Argonne (ANL) in Lemont, IL, Brookhaven (BNL) in Upton, NY, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley CA, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA. The four ATC sites leverage specific expertise and resources at each of these laboratories for analysis and detector hardware activities, and the geographic distribution across the U.S. facilitates cost-effective and flexible access to the ATC for sustaining long-term collaborative projects.


US ATLAS Analysis Centers (ATC) are at ANL, BNL and LBNL, and SLAC.


U.S. institutions participating in ATLAS are diverse and distributed, and the success of new ideas, initiatives and collaborators at those institutions depends critically on physical resources and on the available networks of expertise and talent. The role of the ATC is to make the research infrastructure and intellectually stimulating collaborative environment of a large institution easily accessible to physicists regardless of their institutional home, by (a) training ATLAS physicists, (b) hosting visitors engaged in collaboration, and (c) organizing workshops, meetings, and tutorials.

* ATC-ATLAS.pdf: US ATLAS Analysis Center (ATC) Proposal


The ATC center is managed by the US ATLAS physics support manager, deputy support manager and site managers.

  • Ayana Arce (US ATLAS Physics Support Manager) and Kevin Black (US ATLAS Physics Deputy Support Manager)
  • ANL ( Sasha Paramonov and Jared Adelman)
  • BNL ( Michael Begel and Gabriella Sciolla )
  • LBNL ( Zach Marshall and Shih-Chi Hsu )
  • SLAC ( Charlie Young and Jason Nielson )

Call for Proposals

US ATLAS has launched a new initiative, under the umbrella of the U.S. ATLAS Center (ATC), to support U.S. physicists and students. The ATC is hosted at four sites at the national laboratories which collaborate on US ATLAS : ANL, BNL, LBNL, and SLAC. The ATC is shared resource for physicists and students working on the ATLAS experiment and is designed to position ATLAS collaborators at US institutions to make important measurements and discoveries with ATLAS data, and to advance future ATLAS detector technology and software. Limited funding is available to support University physicists and students working at one of the ATC sites.

We are calling for proposals from US ATLAS members for projects to be hosted at one of the ATC sites. These projects could include physics analysis, performance tools, detector and electronics R&D, and/or core software and computing. These proposals will be evaluated, on a competitive basis, by the ATC management group (composed of the site managers, US ATLAS support panel, and the US ATLAS physics supporter managers) and funds allocated on a competitive basis. Funds are expected to support the cost of personnel visits or extended stays at an ATC site and possibly partial salary support while the person is visiting the center in the exceptional case.

The proposals should discuss the proposed project (with a narrative of 2-3 pages), a budget, and must be accompanied by a letter of support from a collaborator indicating how the proposed project will be supported by the host site. The proposal should clearly describe the objectives, milestones that can be used to measure progress towards those objectives and who the participating collaborators are. The proposal should make clear the supervisory role of the PI if the PI will not be visiting the ATC site themselves.

The chosen proposals and the amount of the award will be selected on a competitive basis and funded with the available budget. When funds are awarded, a memorandum of understanding between the awardee(s) and the ATC will establish objectives or milestones for the activity, and recipients of funds will submit quarterly progress reports describing the status of the efforts towards achieving these milestones.

In accordance with the statements of the importance of diversity and inclusion from the DPF, APS, and The National Academy of Science, special attention will be given to activities that address specific broader impacts such as recruitment of students from underrepresented groups, supporting women and underrepresented minority scientists, and enabling partnerships with 2-or 4-year minority-serving institutions.


What will be the process by which the decisions are made?

The proposals will be evaluated on a competitive basis by a panel composed of the physics support manager and deputy support manager, the site managers, and the US physics support panel. They will be evaluated on merit, how the proposals will improve the US contribution to US ATLAS, and based on the available budget. The final list of projects and amounts will then be approved by the US ATLAS project operation managers.

What is the maximum dollar amount for a given award?

We did not specify a maximum amount in the call. For reference, we asked the DOE for 400K in the first year and 800K in the second and third year. Whatever amount the DOE gives us will have to be shared throughout all of US ATLAS. We envision that the majority of the money will pay for visits to the ATC sites and cost of living expenses for people based at the sites. We imagine that the typical proposal will range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars for proposals that cover a longer time period.

What is the maximum length of time for a grant?

The time scale is up to a year. For longer term projects it is possible to request support for additional time based on a yearly call.

When will funding begin?

For the first year, it will begin in the fiscal year FY 18.

What process will be used to distribute the funds?

A MOU between BNL and the PI of the institute submitting the proposal will be set up.

Are non-US institutes eligible?


Does the grant cover travel to CERN or to a different locale? Materials? Beam Time?

In general we envision funds to cover travel to ATC sites to take part in activities based at ATC sites. Travel to different locations or CERN is not excluded but is not the primary purpose of the ATC which is to build intellectual centers at the ATC sites. Other costs are not prohibited, but it must be very clearly demonstrated how they move towards this goal.

Are engineers or technicians eligible for the subsidies?

Yes - but please be aware that limited funding is available.

If the grant covers multiple people for an activity from an institute, then should the request be combined or separated?

Either are acceptable, but the page limit applies for each individual proposal.

Will there be iteration on the grant request to reduce costs if required?

We expect this will be the case as we expect there to be limited funding available.

Can grants be combined with other sources of funding? (For example, SCGSR fellowships.)


Are NSF institutes eligible for the awards?


Does the grant only cover approved ATLAS Upgrade projects or can speculative ones (HGTD or Si R&D) be funded?

In principle they could request funding for more speculative research. However, they must be coupled to the ATLAS project, as the DOE is funding this as part of the ATLAS project and not as a general R&D grant.

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