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Call for Proposals
Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering

Call for Proposals

Proposals at the 
Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS) and 
National Deuteration Facility (NDF)

Deadline 15 September 2022, for beam time between January and June 2023.

Important Notes for 2023-1 Proposal Round:

  • The ACNS & NDF 2023-1 round will be opened in the the ANSTO Research Portal (ARP) in June 2022 and you will need to create a new account in the ARP if you do not already have an account in the ARP. Please refer to the ACNS & NDF ARP user guide.
  • ANSTO is may continue with an Anonymised Review Trial for the ACNS & NDF 2023-1 Normal Proposal Round which requires users to comply with the requirements outlined on the Anonymised Review Trial webpage. 

Discretionary Access:

  • Discretionary requests will be considered for Early Career Researchers where the progress of a student thesis program or Early Career Researcher’s career would be detrimentally affected (e.g. where the success is at risk or not able to submit thesis). It is expected that experiments would be undertaken in-person where possible.

  • Please email requests at anytime to ACNS Enquiries along with justification on how the request meets the above requirements. If agreed it meets the requirements a proposal will need to be submitted for scientific, technical & safety review.

Mail-in Proposals for Powder Diffraction: 

The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering is open for proposals for the following neutron-beam instruments and facilities:

Echidna (high-resolution powder diffractometer)

Wombat (high-intensity powder diffractometer)

Koala (Laue diffractometer)

Joey (neutron Laue camera) (in conjunction with other neutron-beam instruments)

Kowari (strain scanner)

Dingo (neutron radiography/tomography/imaging)

Platypus (reflectometer)

Spatz (reflectometer)

Quokka (pinhole small-angle-neutron scattering)

Bilby (TOF small-angle-neutron scattering)

Kookaburra (ultra-small-angle neutron scattering)

Taipan (thermal-neutron 3-axis spectrometer)

Beryllium-filter option on Taipan

Sika (cold-neutron 3-axis spectrometer)

Pelican (cold-neutron time-of-flight spectrometer)

Emu (high-resolution backscattering spectrometer)

Sample environment equipment available for use on the neutron-beam instruments

Small-angle X-ray scattering and X-ray reflectometer (in conjunction with QuokkaBilby, Platypus or Spatz)

Physical Properties Measurement System (in conjunction with other neutron-beam instruments and only in a collaborative mode with ANSTO staff)

The National Deuteration Facility is open for deuteration proposals:

Important notes:

  • The user portal has been transitioned to the ANSTO Research Portal (ARP) and you will need to create a new account in the ARP if you do not already have an account in the ARP. Please refer to the ACNS & NDF ARP user guide.
  • We welcome international users back to Australia. Please see the Australian Government website for full details on visiting Australia.  
  • Applicants should ideally discuss their proposal with the appropriate ACNS Instrument Scientist and/or NDF scientist before submitting.

Planned user program days: 

  • 2022-1 Round - July-December 2022
    • 153 reactor days - approximately 100 days for user program
  • 2023-1 Round - January-June 2023
    • 146 reactor days - approximately 100 days for user program
  • 2023-2 Round - July-December 2023
    • 150 reactor days - approximately 100 days for user program

Questions? Please contact us