The construction of Diamond has been funded by its two shareholders, the UK Government through the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which has contributed 86% of the investment, and the charity The Wellcome Trust, which has a 14% stake in the facility.
Diamond’s construction is being undertaken in Phases. Phase I cost £263 million and included the synchrotron machine itself, the surrounding buildings and the first seven experimental stations or beamlines. This phase was completed on time, on budget and to specifications in January 2007. Phase II funding of £120 million for a further 15 beamlines and a detector development programme was confirmed in October 2004. There is an ongoing construction programme for the Phase II beamlines, which will all be operational by 2011.
No. Diamond is largely funded by the UK Government and exists to provide research facilities to the UK’s academic community. Once academic users have had their beamtime proposal accepted by an external body of scientific advisors, they can access the facility without having to pay. A small percentage (10%) of Diamond’s beamtime is available for industry to make use of, and industrial users pay a fee for using the facility.