Calls for access, otherwise known as "application rounds", are run quarterly on a rolling basis. The access scheme is due to come to an end in March 2023.
The third access application round (to cover access taking place primarily during the period April - June 2021) has now closed. Applicants will be informed shortly of the outcome of their applications.
The fourth access application round will be opening soon; the closing date will be 23.59 on Monday 31st May 2021. This fourth call will cover access taking place primarily during the period July - September 2021 inclusive. Given the national COVID restrictions (to which the facilities will be responding as appropriate as they evolve), many of the facilities accepting applications for this call will be able to facilitate "remote" access, with 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.
As explained in the application form and the rules for submission, it is expected that all NNUF access scheme funded work will be completed within 4 months of the date of award (excepting cases where equipment failure delays access, or in the case of e.g. NNL, within 4 months of security clearance having been granted by the facility). If you have a compelling reason to request acccess for a future date (for example to enable time for sample preparation), there will be an opportunity to specify this in the application form.