Partner Users are individuals or groups whose work involves a greater degree of collaboration with the APS than is generally expected of General Users. Partner Users conduct scientific research that contributes (or has a strong potential to contribute) to the facility or user community. A partner user may propose to develop a new capability or beamline; design, build, and operate a full sector; build a new user community; engage in outreach activities; or perform other activities outside the scope of the APS General User Program.
The criteria for evaluation of Partner User proposals are the same as those used to evaluate General User proposals: scientific merit, technical feasibility, capability of the investigators, need for (and availability of) the resource (APS or appropriate sector), with one addition: positive impact of the partnership on general users. Particular emphasis is given to scientific merit and impact on the general user community.
Further definition of Partner User arrangements can be found on the User Policies and Procedures page.