Call for proposals


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Call for Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility


Deadline 15 March 2017


ANSTO is now calling for proposals for the following neutron-beam instruments and facilities:


ECHIDNA (high-resolution powder diffractometer)
WOMBAT (high-intensity powder diffractometer)
KOALA (Laue diffractometer)
KOWARI (strain scanner)
TAIPAN (thermal 3-axis spectrometer)
SIKA (cold 3-axis spectrometer)
PELICAN (time-of-flight spectrometer)
QUOKKA (small-angle neutron scattering instrument)
BILBY (time-of-flight small-angle neutron scattering instrument)
KOOKABURRA (ultra-small-angle neutron scattering instrument)
PLATYPUS (neutron reflectometer)
DINGO (neutron radiography, tomography and imaging station)
EMU (high-resolution backscattering spectrometer)

Biological and Chemical Deuteration (at the National Deuteration Facility)
SAXS (Bruker Small-Angle X-ray Scattering instrument)
X-ray Reflectometer
Physical Properties Measurement System


Proposals should be submitted using our on-line system, Deadline: 15 March 2017


  • For single visit proposals for neutron instruments, select round “2017-2 Neutron”
  • For 3 year program proposals for neutron instruments, select “2017-2 Neutron Program”
  • For National Deuteration Facility proposals, select round "2017-2 Deuteration”

Experimental reports and Publications


Users who have carried out experiments on one of the neutron-beam instruments are required to complete an experimental report and to enter relevant publications in the on-line user portal. Both can be submitted on-line under the “Completed Experiments” link on your home page on the portal. Note that the Program Advisory Committee will consider the track records of our users when awarding beamtime.


Travel support


The application is for beam-time requests and does not include travel or accommodation support. However, ANSTO provides travel support for up to 3 users from AINSE member institutions per proposal.  Further details can be found here.


Key dates for each 6-monthly Proposal Round


2017-2 Round (Currently open for proposals)


15 March 2017: Proposal Deadline
March-April: Peer review process
Early May: Program Advisory Committee assesses proposals
May-June: Scheduling of first beam-time allocations
July-December 2017: Proposal scheduling period 


Other information

OPAL Reactor Operating Cycles

Overview of our sample-environment equipment