STFC operates world-class large-scale research facilities and manages the UK access to large-scale facilities in other countries. This page contains details of how to access large-scale research facilities which STFC is responsible for.
Time awarded at facilities which STFC is responsible for can count as in-kind income for the purposes of the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 exercise.
The table below contains details of where to find access information for the large-scale facilities for which STFC is responsible. Most facilities have more than one access mechanism, including methods for rapid access outside normal proposals deadlines, programme mode access and industrial access. Please see the individual websites for details.
|Facility||Normal proposal deadlines|
|Neutron and Muon Facilities|
|ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, RAL||16 April and 16 October|
|Institut Laue Langevin neutron source, Grenoble||6 monthly – see website|
|Vulcan, Astra, Gemini high power lasers, RAL||6 monthly – see website|
|Academic access to Orion high power laser, AWE||6 monthly – see website|
|Artemis XUV source, RAL||6 monthly – see website|
|Octopus and Ultra facilities in the Research Complex at Harwell||6 monthly – see website|
|Synchrotron Light Sources|
|Diamond light source||1 April and 1 October|
|European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble||See website|
|European Southern Observatory|
Please see the CLF Access Page for more information.