Message from Bob McKeown: Call for EIC Proposals

Call for Proposals
Generic Detector R&D for an Electron Ion Collider

Brookhaven National Laboratory is announcing a generic detector R&D program to address the
scientific requirements for measurements at a future Electron Ion Collider (EIC). The primary goals of
this program will be to develop detector concepts and technologies that have particular importance for
experiments in an EIC environment, and to help ensure that the techniques and resources for
implementing these technologies are well established within the EIC user community.

This program will be supported through RHIC R&D funds, provided by the DOE Office of Nuclear
Physics. It is not intended to be specific to any proposed EIC site, and is open to all segments of the
EIC community. Proposals should be aimed at optimizing detection capability to enhance the
scientific reach of polarized electron-proton and electron-ion collisions up to center-of-mass energies
of 100-200 GeV and e-p equivalent luminosities up to a few times 1034 cm-2s-1. Funded proposals will
be selected on the basis of peer review by a standing EIC Detector Advisory Committee consisting of
internationally recognized experts in detector technology and collider physics. This committee will
meet approximately twice per year, to hear and evaluate new proposals, and to monitor progress of
ongoing projects. The program will be administered by the BNL Physics Department.

Funding for this program will begin in FY 2011, at a level of approximately $0.5M, rising thereafter to
an annual level of $1.0M - $1.5M, subject to availability of funds from DOE NP. The first meeting of
the Detector Advisory Committee is planned for the spring of 2011. Initial proposals should be
received at BNL by April 4, 2011.

Proposals should include:

  • A description of the project, including its relevance for the EIC experimental environment and
    science program, the expected results of the R&D project, the approach that will be taken to
    carry it out, and the likely follow-up effort, if applicable.
  • A description of the necessary resources, the scientific and technical personnel who will carry
    out the project, and the additional support, if any, to be provided by the proposing institutions.
  • A funding request and budget. Funds may be requested for a period of 1, 2, or 3 years.

Proposals should be submitted to:

Thomas Ludlam, Physics Chair
Brookhaven National Laboratory
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11793

Electronic submission is encouraged:

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