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User Corner

The ILL is dedicated to helping its visiting researchers to make the most of its facilities. Neutron beams and instrument access are provided free of charge for proposers of accepted experiments.

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Applying for beamtime

Visitors Club

The ILL Visitors Club provides online access to all the information and administrative tools for our scientific visitors, presented in a user friendly environment.

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Other types of access

There are other ways of submitting a proposal to the ILL :

  • Submission of a TEST form 
  • Submission of a CRG proposal (CRG)
  • Director's Discretion Time application throughout the year (DIR)
  • Special access for industrial users (INDU)
  • Submission of a D-Lab proposal (DEUT)


TEST Experiment

The ILL cannot pay travel and subsistence for Test experiments.

Test experiment form


Submission of a CRG Proposal (CRG)

Please refer to Collaborative Research Groups' instruments web page for further information.


CRG proposal (with scientific case)

Microsoft Word

CRG proposal (with scientific case)

Acrobat PDF (for Mac, Unix & Windows)

CRG proposal (short version - without scientific case)

Microsoft Word


Submission of a Proposal for Director's Discretion Time (DIR)

This option allows you to obtain beamtime quickly, without going through the peer-review procedure. Directors’ Discretion Time is normally used for hot topics, new ideas, tests, new users. Applications for Director's Discretion Time may be submitted to the Director of Science, Helmut Schober, at any time.

Fill in the appropriate form with your personal details and proposal description.

Directors Discretion Time proposal

Microsoft Word

Directors Discretion Time proposal

Acrobat PDF (for Mac, Unix & Windows)

Directors Discretion Time proposal (unlocked)

Microsoft Word


Submission of Application for Industrial Beamtime (INDU)

The ILL mission is to provide neutrons for both public and industrial research. Our Industrial Liaison and Consultancy Group (ILC) ensure rapid access and total confidentiality to industrial companies and provide a specialised staff.

All industrial research programmes are confidential and can be organized at short notice. To apply for proprietary beamtime please contact the Industrial Liaison Officers. More information can be found here.


Industrial proposal (Microsoft Word)


Submission of D-Lab Proposal (DEUT)


Introduction

The deuteration, partial or full, of biological molecules, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, sugars, is essential to exploit fully the techniques of neutron scattering. As part of its strategy for the expansion of the life sciences program in neutron scattering the ILL, in collaboration with EMBL, has set up a laboratory for the deuteration of biological molecules. A molecular biologist experienced in macromolecular deuteration runs this laboratory, which is located in the new PSB laboratory complex. A major EU grant  is coordinated by ILL with collaborators from EMBL Grenoble, Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Oxford University and EMBL Heidelberg. The aim of this grant is to develop deuteration protocols and procedures  both for neutron scattering and NMR studies. A UK (EPSRC)-funded consortium led by Keele University includes collaborators from Oxford, Glasgow, Cambridge, Reading, Portsmouth, Southampton, King's College. This consortium is involved in the specific UK-driven project activity exploiting deuteration for neutron scattering and NMR.

Aims
The aim of the laboratory is to provide a focus for European scientists wishing to make their own deuterated materials for neutron scattering experiments. Information for scientists wishing to carry out deuteration for NMR is treated separately. The laboratory has a vigorous in-house research program aimed at developing methods in deuteration as well as applying these methods to provide material for in-house neutron scattering studies. The in-house expertise and equipment will be made available to external users to develop their own deuteration projects. It is expected that users will have expressed their own cloned material in a fully hydrogenated environment and will come to the ILL/EMBL laboratory to carry out expression in a deuterated medium and, if necessary purification, through a collaboration with staff of the facility.

Access
Access to the deuteration laboratory is via a peer reviewed proposal system, with a panel of international experts nominated by the ILL Scientific Council. Further details and application forms are available at from Deuteration Laboratory website. Once completed, proposals should be sent, as an electronic attachment, to the ILL Scientific Coordination Office (SCO). Potential applicants to the user programme are encouraged to contact Michael Haertlein. Note that acceptance of a proposal to use the deuteration lab facility does not imply automatic allocation of neutron beamtime although the beamtime committee will be informed of the outcome of the deuteration proposal.
Proposals
Proposals for use of the laboratory should include:

  • a description of the scientific case for using the laboratory
  • an estimate of the time required and the costs of D2O and deuterated carbon sources
  • an explanation of the background to the scientific problem and why the requirement for deuteration and in particular use of the ILL/EMBL facility is necessary
  • a realistic estimate of the amount of time they need to use the laboratory

Reimbursement of costs
The aim of the deuteration facility is to provide the expertise and infrastructural support necessary to enable users to carry out deuteration of their material.
Access to this facility is provided free of charge for authors of accepted proposals. Scientists affiliated with ILL member countries may be assisted with travel and daily subsistence for a limited period (one scientist per proposal) as well as a limited contribution towards D2O and deuterated carbon sources. Users should specify in their proposal what resources they require in this area.
Proposers from non-member countries have to seek collaboration with scientists from member countries or local ILL or EMBL staff members to have access to the D-Lab and they are not entitled to reimbursement.
If you are in doubt about reimbursement please contact the ILL Scientific Coordination Office before your arrival at the ILL.



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