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
Standard Access 1 April 2015 to 30 September 2015 Open
1 October 2014
Programme Access 1 April 2015 to 30 September 2016 Open
20 October 2014
Rapid Access 31 October 2014 to 31 March 2015 Closed - Call will be opened on 6 October 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:

  • The Call for AP17 is now open with a deadline of 1700hrs, 1 October 2014.  To submit a proposal please click here to log onto the User Administration System.
  • A Call for Proposals for Rapid Access for the Electron Microscope facility will be opened on 6 October 2014 with a deadline of 20 October 2014.  Further details of the facility can be found here.

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.

  • Standard - 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 Standard Access and Programme Access must be submitted online via the User Administration System (UAS).

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