Calls for access, otherwise known as "application rounds", are run quarterly on a rolling basis. The access scheme is due to come to an end in 2023. (Applications for modest amounts of funding can be submitted at any time and will be evaluated swiftly).
The seventh access application round (to cover access commencing primarily in the period April - June 2022) will open shortly, with a closing date of 28th February 2022. Given COVID-19 control measures, many of the facilities accepting applications for this call will be able to facilitate both "in-person" and "remote" access (i.e. facility scientists conducting experiments on behalf of externals). Please get in touch with the contact listed on each facility's page, to find out more.
As explained in the application form and the rules for submission, it is expected that most NNUF access scheme funded work will be completed within 6 months of the date of award (excepting cases where equipment failure delays access, or in the case of e.g. NNL, within 6 months of security clearance having been granted by the facility if required). If you have a compelling reason to request access for a future date (for example to enable time for sample preparation), or to request access for an experiment of more than 6 months in length, there will be an opportunity to specify this in the application form.