Next call for proposals

The next submission for proposals for AP35 is open. The AP covers the period April 2024 - October 2024. Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday 27th September 2023 at 17:00hrs UTC+1/GMT+1.

For submissions of proposals please see here: Apply for beamtime.

For MX related proposals please refer to the MX Responsive Beamtime Guide.

Diamond is accepting rapid access proposals for COVID-19 related research - please follow the usual process for rapid access proposals.

Industrial action at Diamond – action short of strike

There is currently a level of industrial action occurring at Diamond. The relevant union has called for ‘action short of strike’, which involves limitations on activities, particularly those outside of core business hours and could last until September.

As you’ll be aware, assistance for beamtime often occurs in the evenings or on weekends. Due to the nature of the industrial action, we are unable to precisely ascertain the level of support available in these times from local contacts and supporting groups. This means there is a degree of uncertainty in the support we can provide during this action. Nevertheless, we aim to run beamtimes to schedule, though we expect a diminished level of support compared to usual.

While we can’t predict how this action may affect your experiments (apart from the increase in risk that an event or failure may occur that we’re unable to fix or repair in a short time), we will be continually evaluating its impact. We’ll be in touch should conditions for your experiments change markedly or should the industrial action cease.

In the meantime, please do continue to understand and appreciate that all of our staff are working towards the success of your beamtime in changed and challenging circumstances.

Users from the EU and world-wide

Diamond continues to welcome users from anywhere in the world to submit proposals and participate in experiments.

Eligibility for financial support of users can be found in the Diamond expenses procedure.

Visa guidance for Users

If you are a non-UK user you may need a visa to visit the UK.  You are able to request a letter of invitation from the User Administration System (UAS). 

The current rules state that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for short trips without needing a visa. In other cases, check if you need a UK visa.

Diamond also supports research submitted as part of EU grants. For more information see Support for European Access to Life Science.

War in Ukraine

Following the heart-breaking evolution of the situation in Ukraine, Diamond wants to express support to everyone who has been affected by these tragic events, especially those from our community.

Diamond has taken the decision to suspend its work with Russian and Belarusian affiliated institutions, including suspending access for users from those institutions, until further notice.

Science has always been about bringing people together beyond all boundaries, promoting scientific excellence and peace. We stand with all those who seek peace amid this crisis and beyond.

We would like to advise that we cannot allow work on new samples that involve collaboration with Russian/Belarusian institutions. For data that has already been collected publication with these authors is up to PI, but we would ask that it is made clear that this is not recent beam time, by explicitly stating when the beam time was.

Contact the User Office

The User Office provides administrative support for users.

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday 08:30-16.30

Location: Ground Floor of Diamond House
Telephone: +44 (0) 1235 778571

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