The call for Direct Access proposals, due to have a deadline of 15 April 2020, was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We will notify the community when another call for proposals is to be scheduled - it is likely to be mid-2021 and possibly for TS2 instruments only (due to the planned long shutdown for TS1 and linac tank work).
ISIS neutron and muon instruments are free at the point of access for academic and industry researchers, provided the results from experiments are published in the public domain. Fully confidential fast-tracked use of the instruments is also available for industrial and commercial customers.
New users are always welcome at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and we are constantly encouraging new areas of research that can flourish. There are a number of routes for academics and industry to access beamtime, please browse the links below for further important information and guidance including links to our
If you are ready to put forward a proposal visit the ISIS Online Proposal
System or to submit an industrial proposal contact Dr Christopher Frost.
ISIS long shutdown
ISIS will have a long shutdown to enable refurbishment of the first target station and replacement of a tank in the linear accelerator. Delays to these projects as a result of the Covid-19 situation mean that we have moved the long shutdown dates so
that it will start on 29 Mar 2021.
ISIS has run cycles planned for Sept/Oct 2020 (reduced beamtime and no external users - users send samples in - as we get used to running with Covid-19 precautions), Nov/Dec 2020 (some external users may be possible) and Feb/Mar 2021. Time in these run cycles has been allocated in the Dec 2019 Facility Access Panel meetings.
There are likely to be run cycles for TS2 only in late 2021 and early 2022, and a call for proposals for these run cycles is likely to be in mid-2021. The next call for proposals for TS1 instruments will be late 2021.