Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 and ISIS Beamtime
25 Jul 2012



Value of awarded ISIS beamtime as in-kind income by University Departments (Units of Assessment) in their submission to the REF exercise



The value of ISIS beamtime, awarded to UK PI's through peer review (ISIS Facility Access Panels), can be included as in-kind income by University Departments (Units of Assessment) in their submission to the REF2021 exercise. This page gives further information on this process.

ISIS provides, on an annual basis, UK PI's with a 'bank statement' showing the number of ISIS beam days they have been awarded for the year and the in-kind value of these days.  

This information is also submitted into the REF process. The in-kind value of ISIS be​am days awarded to UK PIs will be given to HEIs (via UKRI) and this information will then be made available to the REF contact at each institution. It is up to the REF contact at each institution to manage and distribute this information so that it is available to individual units of assessment (departments) for inclusion in their REF submissions.

ISIS has been asked to submit data for the period 1 Aug 2013 - 31 July 2018 by September/October 2019.  Data for 1 Aug 2018 - 31 July 2019 will be submitted by March 2020.

If you would like to know who your REF institutional contact is, so that you can check how they are using the information on facility awards, please go to

The value of ISIS beam time received by PIs should be used by departments in Section 4: Environment Data, within Research Income-in-kind (REF4c).  Further information on this can be found on pages 79-80 of the REF Guidance on Submissions.

This information is submitted at the unit of assessment level, not at the individual PI level.  This means that, for PI's and Co-I's on ISIS proposals who are at the same unit of assessment, it does not matter whether the time awarded is counted as that of the PI or shared with co-I's.  Where PI and co-Is are at different units of assessment, they would need to come to agreement on the division of the in-kind value between them.

Please contact Philip King at ISIS for further information on ISIS beamtime and the REF.