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Call for Proposals
Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering

Call for Proposals

ANSTO 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)*

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)

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

Biological and Chemical Deuteration (at the National Deuteration Facility)

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

Small-angle X-ray scattering* and X-ray reflectometer* (in conjunction with QuokkaBilbyPlatypus or Spatz)

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

Other Important Information: 

Proposals must be submitted using our online system, Deadline: 15 March 2021.

Visit the portal

  • For single visit proposals for neutron and X-ray instruments, select round “2021-2 Neutron”
  • For 3-year program proposals for neutron instruments and/or bio- or chemical deuteration, select “2021-2 Neutron & NDF Program”
  • For National Deuteration Facility proposals, select round "2021-2 Deuteration”

Planned user program days: 

  • 2021-2 Round - July-December 2021
    • 126 reactor days - approximately 100 days for user program
  • 2022-1 Round - January-June 2022
    • 149 reactor days - approximately 100 days for user program
    • *The following instruments will not be available for the 2022-1 Round
      • Koala & Joey due to the Koala 2.0 upgrade installation
      • Small-angle X-ray scattering due to replacement
      • X-ray reflectometer due to replacement
  • 2021-2 Round - July-December 2022
    • 153 reactor days - approximately 100 days for user program

Important notes: 

  • Applicants should note that the proposal system will not allow a proposal to be submitted if you have outstanding experimental reports.
  • Applicants should ensure that any publications resulting from beamtime at ANSTO are entered into the proposal system and linked to the related proposal(s). The peer-review panels will take these into consideration when reviewing the proposals.
  • Applicants should ideally discuss their proposal with the appropriate Instrument Scientist before submitting.

Questions? Please contact us