Rules for submission of applications for NNUF funded user access scheme

Content

1.    The study proposed must be original and shall not duplicate any work already funded by a current EPSRC or industrial award.
2.    The proposed work should aim to produce results of a quality suitable for publication.

Facilities

3.    A proposal may request NNUF funding for use of facilities at up to three partner institutions, for instance for sample preparation at one partner, irradiation at another and post-irradiation examination (PIE) at a third.

Funding

4.    The NNUF access scheme will normally only support activities at, and shipping between, NNUF partner facilities. In the case of equipment from the Hot Robotics Facility, the access scheme can also cover the costs of shipping and use of robotic equipment at the user’s home institution.
5.    The NNUF access scheme does not provide funding to support salaries or tuition/stipend costs.
6.    Applicants must be able to demonstrate existing funding for all necessary components of the proposed project not fundable by the NNUF access scheme.
7.    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).

Applicant

8.    Proposals are welcomed from principal investigators affiliated with any UK Higher Education institution. 
9.    Applications from early career researchers and, in line with UKRI policy, applicants from underrepresented groups in the research community are encouraged, although investigators should have employment contracts for at least one year past the expected end date of the proposed work.  
10.    Proposals from principal investigators not from a UK institution will be accepted as long as the proposal includes a collaborator who is from a UK university. This collaborator must have a significant role in the experiment or project.

Application

11.    All proposals must be submitted on the form available from this website, and include: 

i.    The members of the team undertaking the proposed work

ii.    A technical narrative supporting the novelty, timeliness and impact of the work

iii.    A description of the intended programme of work (in sufficient detail to be able to assess both feasibility and intended outcomes)

iv.    Evidence that this programme has been discussed and validated by the NNUF facility partner(s).

Publications and other "outputs"

12.    Successful applicants must cite NNUF in any publications, reports, patents or other “outputs” which result from their research, and notify the NNUF Management Group (by emailing francesca.mcgowan@materials.ox.ac.uk) when any such “outputs” occur. Please respond in a timely manner to enquiries from the NNUF Management Group on these matters, as this information is required for our reporting to EPSRC and the UK government.

13.    All publications arising from research funded by this access scheme must be published open-access, as per EPSRC's policy on access to research publications.