We welcome academic and commercial users from the UK and overseas.
We publish calls for proposals quarterly and allocate beam time in advance. Please register by contacting Dalton Cumbrian Facility if you would like to be included in call notifications. The schedule of call dates and deadlines can be found in the table below.
Proposals are panel-assessed and for the best chance of a successful application we would expect you to contact us for an informal discussion prior to submitting a proposal.
The following process applies:
- User contacts Dalton Cumbrian Facility for informal discussion
- Experimental activity is outlined and agreed informally, subject to final confirmations
- User submits proposal form (below) to Dalton Cumbrian Facility in response to call
- Proposal undergoes technical evaulation at Dalton Cumbrian Facility
- Proposal undergoes scientific review and proritisation
- Facility time is allocated, subject to availability
- Experimental activity is scheduled
Accelerator Proposal Submission Form
Accelerator Proposal Form Guidance Notes
The proposal can be rejected at any point in this process. Informal discussion at the earliest stage is therefore advised.
From January 2017, EPSRC grant-holders will be eligible to apply for access via the UK National Ion Beam Centre (UKNIBC) framework.*
UKNIBC projects fall into one of four eligible categories. Eligible proposals are validated by the UKNIBC Director.
- Existing EPSRC grants
- New EPSRC grants
- EPSRC studentships
- Pump priming (projects with no current EPSRC support but where a limited amount of pump priming time is expected to generate results which can be used in new bids for EPSRC funding)
Please contact Dalton Cumbrian Facility to initiate the discussion.
*Subject to contractual arrangement
Accelerator calls for proposals: quarterly schedule
Call for proposals
First users start
|Nov-Dec 2018 & Jan 2019
Please note that the above dates are intended as a guideline and may be subject to change according to operational requirements.
We allocate irradiation slots one month at a time, one month in advance. However, it is best to contact us as early as possible to discuss your requirements. We reserve a fixed percentage of time each month for commercial work with the remainder for academic projects. Occasionally there may be short notice slots available. We welcome projects from a variety of fields; this equipment is not reserved exclusively for nuclear sector research. For example, we have undertaken a number of biological projects in recent months. Please contact Dalton Cumbrian Facility for further guidance.
Equipment charges are determined on a sliding scale according to how your organisation and research is classified, from fully collaborative university research to purely commercial work. Please contact us for details.
If you intend to include use of our equipment in a grant proposal, please contact us prior to submitting the bid. We would aim to support your submission by providing charging information and discussing capability, feasibility, timescale, initial pilot studies, potential collaborations and challenges to consider.