Diamond is free for researchers who are prepared to publish in the public domain. Proprietary research is available through the Industrial Liaison Office.

Call Deadline Date
Call Details
Period for Beamtime
Call Status
           - Rapid Access for access to selected beamlines Immediate Access Open
1 October 2014 Direct Access 1 April 2015 to 30 September 2015 To be announced in August 2014
1 October 2014 Programme Access 1 April 2015 to 30 September 2016 To be announced in August 2014

Requests for immediate access to a beamline can be made through a Rapid Access application.

  1. News and Deadlines
  2. Apply for Beamtime
  3. Prepare for Beamtime

Important information:

  • User Administration System (UAS) released on Monday 7 April for visit management. More details
  • User meeting 3-4 September 2014.  See all events.

The application procedures described here are for proposals going through peer review. To find out about how to access via the proprietary route, please visit the industrial users page. 

Diamond will offer a range of different modes of beamtime allocation to ensure the various needs of Users can be met.

  • Direct - To provide regular access to individuals or groups.
  • Programme - To provide access for a period of up to two years.
  • Rapid - To provide quick access to the beamlines.
  • Commissioning - To provide access to new beamlines.

Applications for Direct Access and Programme Access must be submitted online. The online package is currently being redesigned, and will be released in September 2014.

Applications for Rapid and Commissioning are made using templates available here.

More information

In order to ensure that your beamtime goes as smoothly as possible, the list below shows what actions must be completed to ensure that your beamtime runs smoothly:



Request accommodation

Submit ERA and lab request

Watch safety video and take safety test

Fast Track arrival

Contact the User Office

The User Office provides administrative support for users.

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Room G61, Diamond House
Telephone: +44 (0) 1235 778571
Fax: +44 (0) 1235 778719
E-mail: useroffice@diamond.ac.uk

Contact for industrial users:
Elizabeth Shotton