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Rapid Access Proposals

Between regular proposal calls, CINT accepts Rapid Access proposals. These should be limited in scope and have strong justification for expedited processing.


  • User Program Manager
  • Heather Brown
  • Email

CINT reserves some facility time for a limited number of time-critical, high-impact user proposals that can be submitted and approved between our regular Spring/Fall submission cycles.


In contrast to the regular proposal call, a Rapid Access Proposal can be submitted via the CINT website at any time that regular User Proposals are not being accepted (“off-cycle submission”).  This provides a mechanism for a prospective user to have limited access to CINT capabilities in advance of the next available semi-annual Call for User Proposals for time-critical, high-impact research

Approval of a Rapid Access Proposal is conditional upon passing the feasibility screening, subject to the availability of the requested capability, and at the discretion of CINT management.

If a Rapid Access Proposal is approved, the project automatically expires no later than the start of the next semi-annual proposal cycle.  Rapid Access projects cannot be renewed.

In order to continue the research initiated under an approved Rapid Access Proposal, the user must submit a regular User Proposal for full peer review in the next available, semi-annual User Proposal submission cycle.  The user is certainly encouraged to include relevant results obtained via a Rapid Access Proposal as background information in a regular CINT User Proposal.


Rapid Access Proposals must be submitted on-line through our new submission system. Rapid Access Proposal are not accepted during an active call for proposals. Go to the Proposal Submission site.

Rapid Access Proposal Content

The Rapid Access Proposal must provide the motivation and background information to establish the time-critical need for CINT capabilities to produce high-impact science. A request to conduct preliminary or exploratory research alone is insufficient justification for rapid access.

In addition to explicitly stating the urgency for rapid access to CINT, the other information needed is exactly the same as we request for a regular proposal submission. Please refer to the proposal guidelines page for details on what your proposal should contain.


Rapid Access Proposals undergo an expedited feasibility screening and technical review. Approval is at the discretion of the CINT management.  In most cases, a decision is returned to the prospective user within two weeks of application.

If approved, the Rapid Access Project may begin anytime after the CINT User Agreement is executed.  The Rapid Access project ends when the next regular cycle (Spring or Fall) starts.