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Becoming A User

Becoming A User

This page is meant to guide you through the process of becoming a new user of the Biological Crystallography Facility at NSRRC (BioNSRRC). If you are new to synchrotron facilities, we recommend starting with Step 1. If you are an experienced user, you can skip to Step 3. All users should read Step 4 thoroughly for important information to access the NSRRC .

Step 1: Identify Your Technique and Beamline

The application of biological crystallography has two main purposes, either to determine a novel macromolecule structure, or to extent the structure information to higher resolution. In order to perform your experiments properly, you need to know what technique and beamline you′d like to use. Please choose the proper beamlines of your interest.

Step 2: Register Yourself on the NSRRC User Website

Please visit the URL at ( ) and complete your personal information to register as NSRRC user. Then you will have your own user account and password to apply your beamtime on-line.

Step 3: Apply Your Beamtime

With your user account, you can apply your beamtime at After you have logged in to your user account, please choose “Apply for Proposal”to submit the application (you can choose to define your proposal information or to copy the proposal information from previous proposals by clicking appropriate button) on line. You will be informed of the evaluation result and beamtime schedule (if any) by e-mail about 1 month before the experiment cycle starts.

In case the website is down or if you cannot submit your application online, you can download and complete the A1e form (for new proposal application) or A3e form (for continued proposal application) at and send it to by e-mail.

Step 4: Access to the NSRRC

4-1. Before You Arrive ( * = required)

* User Card Application
NSRRC storage ring and booster area is classified as a radiation control area. Outside users should receive safety training before they are allowed to enter radiation control area, and the user card and radiation badge service will be activated. Please apply your User Card at . The User Card application procedure can be completed online prior to arrival at the NSRRC and is strongly recommended since it saves a considerable amount of time during the check-in process at the NSRRC.

* Safety Approval Form
An Safety Approval Form (SAF) must be completed for every experiment at the NSRRC to reduce or eliminate possible risks and hazards associated with your experiment. SAFs must be submitted prior to the start date of your experiments. After logged in at , click SAF application to complete the form, click the View icon to print out the form, and fax it to +886-3-579-0572 . In case of internet failure, please complete and return A2e form at .

* What you MUST bring
All users must bring proper identification (passport for international user) during their visits to NSRRC. Failure to possess current identification may result in your inability to be granted access to the NSRRC.

Travel and Stay
Information on travel to NSRRC can be found at .
Specific details on housing rates and reservations on the NSRRC can be found at .

Extra information for international user
If you really don′t know how to get to NSRRC, you can follow the following instructions:
Print out both the English and Chinese maps available at the following URLs, and bring it with you while you are coming to NSRRC (English map at , Chinese map at ). Contact your local travel agency to arrange a fly trip to arrive at the CKS International Airport in Taiwan , R.O.C. according to your approved beamtime schedule. Upon arrival, you can get a taxi at the exit of the terminal, and show the driver the Chinese map. The directions on the map will tell the driver how to bring you to NSRRC′s front desk. Taxi costs around NTD1,600. Make sure you have enough NTD currency. 

4-2. Upon Arrival ( *= required)

* NSRRC Check-In

New users and users with expired User Card are required to check-in at the Users Administration Office at Administration Building, 2F, room T203 (Ext: 8205/8207/8209/8210), during the regular work week (Monday through Friday) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to pick up your User Card, Radiation Badge, and complete other necessary documents. Users with active User Card may access the NSRRC experimental floor at any time during normal operations.  

* Gate Access at NSRRC Entrance
Users will need to present their NSRRC User Card.

* Beamline Training
After checking in with the NSRRC User Administration Office, contact your support staff to take you to the beamline, and do some beamline training. This training is beamline specific and will be executed by the support staff at the beamline upon arrival.

User Services
The NSRRC Users Administration Office offers numerous other User Services, you can find and apply for it at

4-3. Before You Leave ( * = required)

* International User
Please return your User Card and Radiation Badge to Users Administration Office at Administration Building, 2F, room T203 (Ext: 8205/8207/8209/8210), during the regular work week (Monday through Friday) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If leaving NSRRC after office hours, please return your User Card to the guardroom located at the main entrance or drop it in the Guesthouse check out box along with your room key.

* Domestic User
Please place your badge in one of the slots at the Personnel Dosimeter Cabinet located at the main entrance of storage ring.
If leaving NSRRC after office hours, please return your room key to the guardroom located at the main entrance or drop it in the Guesthouse check out box.

4-4. After You Leave ( * = required)

* Acknowledgement Statements
User should acknowledge the NCFPB ( National Core Facility Program for Biotechnology), MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology), SPXF (Synchrotron Radiation Protein Crystallography Facility) and NSRRC (National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center) in her/his publications (including academic presentation, paper, and patent).

 In the Acknowledgements :
Please place the following acknowledgement in any publications resulting from work carried out at BioNSRRC facility.

We thank the technical services provided by the “Synchrotron Radiation Protein Crystallography Facility of the National Core Facility Program for Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology” and the “National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center”, a national user facility supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, ROC.

 In the Experimental Method :
Please include the following information in any publications resulting from work carried out at BioNSRRC facility.

Which beamline you used:
Data were collected at beamline TPS 05A (and/or BL15A1,
BL13B1, BL13C1) at NSRRC (Taiwan, ROC.)

Which detector you used:
ADSC Q315r CCD, Q210r CCD, Rayonix MX300HE CCD, MX300HS CCD, or Mar Research Mar345 IP.

Data processing software you used:
HKL-2000 or XDS

Appropriate reference for HKL-2000:
Z. Otwinowski and W. Minor, Processing of X-ray Diffraction Data Collected in Oscillation Mode, Methods in Enzymology, Volume 276: Macromolecular Crystallography, part A, p.307-326, 1997,C.W. Carter, Jr. & R. M. Sweet, Eds. Academic Press.

* Reporting Requirements
User should submit all kinds of research results (such as activity reports and publication list) to NSRRC User Administration Office and Synchrotron Radiation Protein Crystallography Facility on request.


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