Applying for beam time
The Budapest Neutron Centre runs an open access national and international user programme including 16 neutron instruments and some service laboratories. You can apply for beamtime at BNC on the listed user-programme instruments. Calls for proposals are announced on the BNC website and via mailing lists. To apply for beamtime on an instrument you have to submit a research proposal electronically by filling in the off-line proposal form and emailing it to the BNC User Office. Proposals submitted before 15 April and 1 October, the yearly proposal submission deadlines, will be refereed by the international User Selection Panel in due course and if accepted, the panel recommends beam time for the experiment. The User Office notifies the principal investigator (PI) and negotiates the dates for the experiment. In between the regular proposal deadlines submission of urgent beamtime proposals is also possible in exceptionally important cases. In this latter case, upon submitting the filled-in regular proposal form, you should indicate your request for urgent handling of your proposal in your cover letter. The evaluation and beam time assignment of urgent proposals should be approved by a BNC director. The beam time is provided by BNC free of charge, if certain conditions apply as described in the Terms of Reference. (The Terms of Reference do not apply for paid proprietary research, concerning the terms of which please consult with the User Office.) Experimental reports are due within three months succeeding any experiment at BNC. Please use the BNC-experimental report form and email your report to the BNC User Office. The experimental reports will be treated as confidental by the BNC Management, but they will be made available for the User Selection Panel for evaluation your future proposals and the general trends of research fields.
Should you have any technical question about a BNC instrument or inquiries about the feasability of your experiments please contact the beamline responsible of the respective instrument. Concerning adminstrative issues, please contact the User Office.
Yearly regular deadlines to submit beam time proposals is as follows:
for reactor cycles in the following September through January is 15 April,
for reactor cycles in the following February through June is 1 October.
Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic the next Science Proposal deadline is: 15 October, 2021