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 March 2023.
The second access application round (to cover access taking place primarily during the period January - March 2021) has now closed. Applicants have been informed of the outcome of their applications.
The third access application round is now open; the closing date is 23.59 on Sunday 28th February 2021. This third call covers access taking place primarily during the period April - June 2021. Given the current national COVID restrictions, many of the facilities accepting applications for this call are able to facilitate "remote" access, with 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 all NNUF access scheme funded work will be completed within 4 months of the date of award (excepting cases where equipment failure delays access, or in the case of e.g. NNL, within 4 months of security clearance having been granted by the facility). If you have a compelling reason to request acccess for a future date (for example to enable time for sample preparation), there will be an opportunity to specify this in the application form.