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.
If you are ready to put forward a proposal visit the:
ISIS Online Proposal System
To submit an industrial proposal, contact Dr Christopher Frost.
There are a range of ways to access beamtime: Direct access, Rapid access, Xpress access and Industrial access. A short guide to ISIS beamtime access routes is available and more detail can be found on our beamtime access routes page. It is also possible to submit a proposal for an experiment that involves beamtime at both ISIS and Diamond, and you can find more information on our joint proposal page.
Key Dates and ISIS long shutdown
A diagram of the currently-planned proposal rounds and run cycles is shown below.
ISIS are currently in long shutdown to enable refurbishment of the first target station and replacement of a tank in the linear accelerator.
The next call for proposals will be in autumn 2021 (for TS2 only) – further details will be given in due course.
Instruments and contacts
Before submitting a proposal, visit our instrument pages to determine which is most suitable for your work, and discuss your proposal with the relevant instrument scientist.
Writing a proposal
Beamtime allocations are highly prized and in great demand. Discover hints and tips on writing the perfect proposal and proposal templates in our proposal writing guide.
Facility access panels
ISIS operates seven Facility Access Panels (FAPs) to peer review all beamtime proposals. More information about the panels can be found on our FAP page.
ISIS provides support with equipment, general procedures and supplementary techniques related to the preparation of samples for experiments. This includes access to our Support Laboratories, Sample Environment teams and the Research Complex at Harwell.
Terms and Conditions of Access
There are a number of terms and conditions of access to the ISIS facilties, including data management and privacy.