Accessing the facility


If you are eligible for a NERC training award or research grant, you can apply for access to NEIF. Please refer to section C of the NERC Research Grants & Fellowships Handbook for more information on eligibility.

Types of application

Applications to NEIF fall under three categories:

  • Direct Access – a stand-alone project not associated with a separate NERC grant, but can be associated with a non-NERC grant. Proposals are subject to peer-review and approval by the NEIF Reviewer Panel. Support of a project is regarded as a ‘grant in kind’ from NERC and covers all analytical costs and staff expertise for the requested measurements, including student training.
  • NERC Grants - applications associated with a NERC grant where NEIF support was included in the original proposal and project budget.
  • Studentship Support - this category only refers to PhD projects. Support for Masters/other student projects will be considered as Direct Access.

Application process

There are two deadlines for submission of applications for consideration at NEIF Panel meetings each year. Applications are submitted online via the NEIF Application Portal.

A completed draft of the application should be provided to the relevant NEIF laboratory at least two weeks before the submission deadline. The requirements of the project must be discussed with the relevant NEIF laboratory at the earliest possible opportunity.

To prepare an application you should:

  • read the NEIF applicant guidance notes (pdf)
  • contact the facility to get advice on your specific proposal and for eligibility advice
  • write a 'Case for Support' document (Word or pdf format), comprising a 4 sides A4 case and 4 sides A4 of appendices
  • produce a 1 side A4 CV with 5 relevant publications for the principal investigator on the project (Word or pdf format)
  • ensure the PI has a Je-S User-ID (ask your research services office or head of department if you are unsure about this)
  • fill in the online application form

When you submit the form online you will be prompted to attach the Case for Support and CV. Ideally please keep the application document size down to 2MB by conversion to PDF. Otherwise you may need to resend it when we acknowledge receipt of the application. If you need any help with filling in the form please contact the facility.

Applications will be graded by the relevant NEIF Reviewer Panel appointed by NERC; these meet twice a year.

  • Panel A – Radiocarbon
  • Panel B – Life Sciences
  • Panel C – Geology & Environment

The next application deadline is the 26th March 2021.

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NEIF has an ongoing review and improvement process. Feedback is requested on an annual basis via an anonymous user survey. If you would like to make a general comment now please use the form on the Contact page, alternatively please contact the Chair of the relevant Reviewer Panel to submit formal feedback.

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