Call for proposals


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Call for Proposals at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering and National Deuteration Facility


Deadline 15 September 2018


ANSTO is 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)
        Beryllium-filter option on TAIPAN
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) – ***limited beamtime due to installation of SPATZ***
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 online system, Deadline: 15 September 2018


  • For single visit proposals for neutron instruments, select round “2019-1 Neutron”
  • For 3 year program proposals for neutron instruments, select “2019-1 Neutron Program”
  • For National Deuteration Facility proposals, select round "2019-1 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 beamtime 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

2018-2 Round
(This Round is now closed for proposals)
15 March 2018: Proposal Deadline
March-April: Peer review process
Early May: Program Advisory Committee assesses proposals
May-June: Scheduling of first beam-time allocations
July-December 2018: Proposal scheduling period  


2019-1 Round (This round is now open for proposals)

15 September 2018: Proposal Deadline
September-October: Peer review process
Early November: Program Advisory Committee assesses proposals
November-December: Scheduling of first beam-time allocations
January-June 2019: Proposal scheduling period