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31st May 2022

NNUF invites user access applications for the period July – September 2022

The 8th quarterly “call for access” for NNUF facilities is now open. This is an opportunity for any UK-based university researcher (or employee of other organizations eligible to apply for UKRI funding), and their international collaborators, to apply to use these facilities for free. The closing date is 31st May 2022, and this call covers access commencing primarily during July – September 2022.

Experiments applied for under the NNUF access scheme can last up to 6 months in length – or longer if a compelling case is made in the application form.

*New*: international researchers have always been able to apply for our access scheme as part of a UK-based project team, but they are now eligible to apply in their own right, under certain circumstances. Please see point 11 of the rules of the access scheme for more information:

Proposals from principal investigators not from a UK institution will be accepted as long as one of these two criteria is satisfied:

(i) the proposal includes a collaborator who is from a UK university (or an employee of another UK-based organization that is eligible to apply for UKRI funding). This collaborator must have a significant role in the experiment or project.

(ii) The case is made in the application that the proposed experiment is part of establishing or expanding a substantial collaboration between the host institution and the external group. This can be evidenced by a clear commitment to joint publications arising and/or the access being the first stage in establishing a substantial new collaboration with benefits to the host institution.

The facilities accepting user applications as part of this round are:

Many of the facilities accepting applications for this call are able to facilitate both “in-person” and “remote” access (i.e. facility scientists conducting experiments on behalf of externals). Please get in touch with the contact listed on each facility’s page, to find out more.

For more information about the access scheme and NNUF as a whole, please consult the NNUF website.

Please feel free to contact Francesca McGowan, NNUF Administrator (francesca.mcgowan@materials.ox.ac.uk), with any questions about the access scheme. For further information about individual NNUF facilities, please contact the facility directly using the contact details provided on the facility pages of the NNUF website.