Calls for access, otherwise known as "application rounds", are run quarterly on a rolling basis. The access scheme is currently due to come to an end in March 2023. (Applications for modest amounts of funding can be submitted at any time via our "rapid turnaround" scheme, and will be evaluated swiftly).
The 9th access application round (to cover access commencing primarily in the period October - December 2022) will open in July, with a closing date of 31st August 2022. Many of the facilities accepting applications for this call are 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.