Facility access panels
07 May 2009



ISIS operates nine Facility Access Panels (FAPs) to peer review all beamtime proposals.

​FAP members reviewing proposals.


Panels meet twice a year, in June and December. Proposals are ranked on a scale from 10 (world class) to 1(unsatisfactory).

The work of pane​l members is covered by the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the UK government.  Full guidance on FAP processes can be found in the Panel Guidelines​ document given to all panel members for each meeting.

In particular, panel members must declare all conflicts of interest and are expected to leave the room during discussion of proposals from their own departments or proposals with which they are associated.

FAP panel member selection

FAP members are selected from academia and industry. Up to two ISIS representatives act as secretaries and give technical advice. 

A new process for selecting FAP members is being introduced from January 2019.  Anyone willing to be a FAP member is now asked to complete a short online form which can be found here (link to follow shortly).  This will create a pool of possible members, and a small panel will select those needed for FAP meetings over the coming year.  A document describing the new process more fully can be found here​.

The form for completion if you would like to be within the pool from which FAP members will be drawn can be found here​. Please note that the 2019 call has now ended; a new call will be announced in early 2020.​

​ISIS Facility Access Panel Pool - new member form.​

ISIS Facility Access Panels

FAP1 – Crystallography – deals with structural studies across a broad range of physical science areas

FAP2 – Disordered materials – deals with structural studies on liquids and disordered materials, again across a broad range of science areas

(FAP3 has now been split into FAPs 8 and 9).

FAP4 – Excitations – deals with magnetism and superconductivity primarily, along with functional materials, focusing on the magnetic, electronic or structural excitations

FAP5 – Molecular spectroscopy – spectroscopy in chemical, materials science and bio-science systems primarily, including catalysis

FAP6 – Muons – muon studies across a broad range of physical and chemical science areas

FAP7 – Engineering – engineering studies, mainly stress/strain and texture mapping in engineering components. Also assessment of  archaeological proposals.

FAP 8 – Small Angle Scattering – probing length scales from the nm to the um, with applications in studies of polymers, biological molecules, nanoparticles, microemulsions and liposomes

FAP 9 – Reflectometry – structures of thin films, from mater​ials science through to soft matter and bioscience.

FAP 10 –​​ Chip Irradiation –​ rapid testing of high energy neutron effects in microelectronics

STFC Call for nominations for our committees, boards and panels

STFC has periodic calls for its boards and advisory bodies.  Details of the next call will be available here when it is announced​.​