Users from European organisations continue to be welcome to submit proposals to Diamond. The same funding policy and procedure for expenses remains in place for any visit to Diamond as was in place before Brexit.
EU funding for proposals
We are active members of iNEXT for EU Users (see guidance on what acknowledgements needs to be included in publications here). We have additional advice for members of the EU Structural Biology community here.
The next submission for proposals for AP36 is open. The AP covers the period October 2024 - April 2025. Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday 3rd April 2024 at 17:00hrs UTC+1/GMT+1.
For submissions of proposals please see here: Apply for beamtime.
Diamond runs call for proposal every 6 months in the spring and the autumn, aiming for peer review meetings in May and October. The call goes out to users via email and the deadline will be listed here for your attention.
The peer review meetings will review proposals submitted for the following allocation periods which are set as:
1st week of April - end of September
1st week of October - end of March
The available beamline access routes are listed in the below. Proposals should be submitted on-line in UAS.
Resubmissions: you must make it clear in your proposal if it is a resubmission. Describe what you have changed to fulfill the panel's comments on the previous proposal.
If the proposal is awarded beamtime, it is expected that experimental results will be published. If you do not wish to publish your results, please approach our Industrial Liaison Office who offer a wide range of services to meet your research needs.
Important information on the pandemic working conditions at the beamlines can be found here.
Please refer to the relevant information that each of the beamlines have published for you to gauge whether your proposal would be possible under current circumstances. You will find relevant information under each instrument’s specific information here. During technical assessment it will be considered whether a proposal can be undertaken with or without users.
You must discuss your planned work with our instrument scientists and submit all proposals to UAS. In addition, please ensure that any outstanding reports are submitted and that your publications related to your previous beamtimes are in our database as the peer review panel will take these in to consideration during the review.
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.
With immediate effect, 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
The Principal Investigator (PI) for a proposal must provide an ORCID ID in their registration details, and must have the status of Research Fellow or Academic Staff in UAS. Additionally all Diamond scientists including PDRAs and Support Scientists can apply as PIs providing they have the agreement of their PBS.
There may be a need for some proposals to include a request for time at ISIS as well as at Diamond.
Proposals which require access to Diamond and ISIS should be sent to the facility and review panel which has the most appropriate expertise to judge the quality of the proposal. The choice of facility should be made considering the following factors:
For details on how to apply please also refer to our 'Preparing a Proposal in UAS' pages, under 'Instruments', as that guides users to people to consult in the application process dfor each instrument.
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